FULL uses a single motion that moves back toward you. (If my cup is full I
spill it on me).
ENOUGH uses a double motion that moves forward toward the other person. (If I
have enough I can share it with you.)
PLENTY uses a single exaggerated motion with the fingers wiggling as if
representing an overflowing cup.
The right hand brushes once or twice over the left fist.
Did you get enough to eat? / Have you had enough food? / Is there enough food?
In a message dated 10/15/2004 7:31:27 AM Pacific Daylight Time, kputski@______.net
from Indiana asks:
Is the sign "FULL" interchangeable with the sign for full that is dominant
hand palm down and moved from mid-abdomen to chin? Or are they different
kinds of full? Or, is it an "Indiana" thing?
No. These are two different concepts: FULL-(general) and "full"-(of
food, "had it up to here) are not interchangeable.
"Full"-(of food, "had it up to here") is only used for concepts like "I can't
eat any more" or "I've had it up to here with you!"-(requires proper facial
In a message dated 4/21/2005 7:02:39 AM Pacific Daylight Time, a student
When signing "good-enough" do u sign good and then enough?
Response: Sort of. What you do is you combine the two signs into one smooth
It actually looks as if you were signing "BAD-ENOUGH" because the dominant
hand twists palm downward as it changes into the sign for ENOUGH. Note: In
this "compound version" of "GOOD-ENOUGH" the sign for "ENOUGH" only uses a
single movement. You use the first part of the sign GOOD and the last
part of the sign ENOUGH.