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5@Chest-ThumbBack Wiggle etymology Apparently a modification of 5@Sternum-FingerUp Contact.
production:
  • {{ase-prod intro }}
    1. {{ase-prod posture }}
    2. Wiggle the fingers of the dominant hand.
adjective: {{ase-adj}}
  1. (informal, of a person or item) cool; excellent; fashionable; hip
BentB@BackFinger-PalmBack-BentB@CenterChesthigh-PalmBack C@Ulnar-PalmUp-C@CenterChesthigh-PalmUp 1@CenterChesthigh-TipFingerForward etymology BentB@BackFinger-PalmBack-BentB@CenterChesthigh-PalmBack OpenC@Ulnar-PalmUp-OpenC@CenterChesthigh-PalmUp + 1@InsideChesthigh-RadialUp + raised eyebrows to indiate a question
production:
  • With eyebrows raised to indicate a question, sign BentB@BackFinger-PalmBack-BentB@CenterChesthigh-PalmBack OpenC@Ulnar-PalmUp-OpenC@CenterChesthigh-PalmUp, followed by 1@InsideChesthigh-RadialUp.
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  • {{Stokoe}}
phrase: {{ase-phrase}}
  1. how are you?
Synonyms: (how are you) (informal) WHATS-UP?
G@Shoulder-PalmDown G@Abdomen-PalmDown etymology From initial Q of English queen and a movement representing the royal sash. Compare K@Shoulder K@Abdomen, R@Shoulder R@Abdomen, K@Shoulder-FingerDown K@Abdomen-FingerDown, L@Shoulder L@Abdomen, E@Shoulder E@Abdomen, D@Shoulder D@Abdomen. Alternative forms: Optionally repeat a few times to show intensity of the word
production: {{ase-rfp}}
  • This one-handed ASL sign is produced as follows:
    1. Place {{ase-prod G}} between the nondominant shoulder and the sternum, thumb and index finger pointing down. The nondominant hand is not used.
      • Hold the hand briefly in this posture.
      • Move the hand down and across to the following posture.
    2. Place the dominant hand in {{ase-prod G}} on the dominant side of the abdomen, thumb and index finger pointing down.
      • Hold the hand briefly in this posture.
noun: {{ase-noun}}
  1. queen of a country (ASL Gloss) QUEEN E-L-I-Z-A-B-E-T-H QUEEN WHERE? U-K "Queen Elizabeth is the queen of the UK."
  2. (pejorative) queen; effeminate gay male (ASL Gloss) BOY S-O QUEEN "That guy is such a queen."
  3. (zoology) queen of an insect colony (ASL Gloss) WORKER BEE MUST FEED BEE QUEEN "Worker bees have to feed the queen bee."
  4. (pejorative) queen; strong-willed female; bitch (ASL Gloss) THAT GIRL QUEEN "That girl [over there] is a queen."
  5. (chess) queen (ASL Gloss) MOST POWERFUL C-H-E-S-S PIECE WHAT? QUEEN! "The most powerful chess piece is the queen."
Open8@Chest-PalmBack-Open8@Chest-PalmBack Open8@SideNeckhigh-PalmBack-Open8@SideNeckhigh-PalmBack etymology
  • Compare Open8@Chest-PalmBack-Open8@NearChest-PalmBack RoundMplane-RoundMplane
production:
  • {{ase-prod intro}}
    1. {{ase-prod posture }}
    2. Move both hands in arcs from the chest up and out to the next posture.
    3. {{ase-prod posture }}
    4. Hold both hands briefly in this posture.
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  • {{Stokoe}}
phrase: {{ase-phrase}}
  1. (informal) what's up?; what's new?
related terms:
  • Open8@Chest-PalmBack-Open8@NearChest-PalmBack RoundMplane-RoundMplane
Synonyms: (what's up, how are you) (formal) HOW YOU?
S@NearBaseForearm-PalmUp Frontandback S@BaseForearm-PalmUp Alternative forms: The hand may make the A shape instead of the S shape., The hand may begin in the “Open A” shape (with the thumb extended) and then close to the A or S shape. etymology Immitative of inject a drug with a syringe.
production: {{ase-rfp}}
  • {{ase-prod intro }}
    1. {{ase-prod posture }}
    2. Move the hand back and forth, toward and away from the base of the forearm.
    3. {{ase-prod posture }}
  • When used as a verb, there is just one movement toward the arm instead of a repeated movement back and forth.
noun: {{ase-noun}}
  1. drug
    • 2009, Michael DiMartino, Addicted - Sign Language - CaptainL0ver (“Captainl0ver interpreters Kelly Clarkson's song Addicted”), 0:30: YOU SUPPOSE LIKE DRUG. — “It's (metaphorically) like you're a drug.”
  2. (slang) coke (the beverage); Coca Cola
verb: {{ase-verb}}
  1. to do drugs

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