There are at least three ways to do the sign for "cough." In my opinion, neither
is more correct than the other. Personally I do version 1. My friend Roy tends to do version 2.
COUGH: Version 1:
COUGH (version 2)
Animation: Cough Version 2
COUGH (version 3)
or "cough cough"
Animation: COUGH Version 3
Note: Version 3, the one where you hit your chest with the
thumb-side of your fist a couple times, is sometimes used as a
snarky comment to mean that a thing is of questionable quality.
If you tell people about your wonderful new idea or your cool new
purchase and someone in the group looks at someone else or rolls his
eyes and signs "cough cough" -- it means you might want to curb your
enthusiasm a bit.
An interesting example of this derogatory meaning is shown in how
the "COUGH COUGH" sign has mutated into a joke sign for Walmart
wherein a person touches a W to his or her chin (as if doing the
sign for WATER) and then moves the hand down and strikes the chest
with an "M" similar to how how a person might strike their chest if
they were coughing. For Wal-Mart just use a single movement. Also
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