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TICKET: The American Sign Language (ASL) sign for "ticket"

Use a "bent V" handshape and a "flat" handshape.  Focus on moving the dominant hand. The other hand might move a bit but for the most part the non-dominant hand stays in place.

Can be used in context to mean, movie ticket, plane ticket, train ticket, speeding ticket, etc


Memory aid: Think of "punching a ticket."


Sample sentence: MY SISTER GAVE-me TWO FREE TICKET FOR MOVIE. (My sister gave me 2 free movie tickets.)



If you use a single, somewhat larger motion, it means "get a ticket" or "punch a ticket" or "get ticketed."





An ASL student asks:
"Does the sign for ticket work for all senses of the English word "ticket" or is it just citation?"

The sign "TICKET" and the English word "ticket" generally overlap but there are some differences in their usage and meaning.
The ASL sign TICKET can generally be used to refer to "a piece of paper" small card, or electronic representation "that gives the holder a certain right, especially to enter a place, travel by public transport, or participate in an event."*
The ASL sign TICKET can also refer to an "official notice of a traffic offense" or other infraction.
English has a metaphorical use of the word ticket that does not correspond to the sign for "ticket." For example the phrase "that is the ticket! to ..." (meaning the method, way, or approach to doing or accomplishing something). For such meanings ASL signers do not sign TICKET but rather tend to choose to signs such as "METHOD" (using the TECHNOLOGY / technique sign), WAY, "THAT! YOU CAN..." or APPROACH..
The ASL sign TICKET when done with a single movement can be used to indicate the action of "punching a small hole in something thin and flat." The English word "ticket" does not include the meaning of "punch a hole."

To mean "ticketed" the ASL sign uses a single movement whereas to mean "ticketed" the English word "ticket" has to add "-ed."

The sentence:
last-YEAR-[1h-version] YOU TICKET how-MANY?
Can mean "How many times did you get ticketed last year?"

*(Definitions assisted by: Oxford Dictionary)
Note to beginning-level students: ASL instructors often capitalize the spelling of ASL signs to distinguish them from English words. This is "not" yelling -- rather it is simply a way to make it clear that you are referring to an ASL sign.







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