DECLINE / "deteriorate" / "regress"
This sign means the opposite of "improve."
Think of your non-dominant arm as a "measuring stick." Think of
your dominant hand as showing the
level going down. You can do one big movement to show a major
decline, or you can do smaller movements to show an incremental
worsening of the situation.
DECLINE / deteriorate / regress / go down hill
(A single large movement indicates a substantial worsening of the
Deteriorate or decline in small stages:
If you don't go to sign language class nor chat with Deaf, will your
signing go down hill?
= SUPPOSE YOU NOT GO SIGN CLASS, NOT CHAT DEAF, YOUR SIGN DECLINE?
DECLINE / "turn down" /
The concept of "declining" an invitation, application, or offer can
be shown several ways. One of the most common is the good old
"THUMBS-DOWN" sign wherein you start with an "open-A" handshape with
the thumb pointed up and then you pivot the sign so that the thumb
is pointed down.
Often the concept of "decline" (turn down an offer) is expressed by
using the "say-NO-to" sign -- which is a directional version of
"NO." (You move the sign NO in the direction of the person to whom
you are saying no.)
DECLINE / deteriorate:
Another way express the concept of "decline" or "declining" is to
use a version of the sign that means "to sink down" which is
sometimes labled as DROWN
but can mean "to get worse" or "to deteriorate." For example:
"To decline in mental or physical health," or "a community in
decline" (i.e. area, in-decline); or "My hearing is going down
This concept is shown via one or both "A" handshapes. The palms face
each other and thumbs point up). The hands wriggle downward,
* Special thanks to Lyn Wiley for suggesting additional signs and
scenarios for the "decline" concept.