The sign for "experience" is based on the idea of
stroking a beard.
The version of the sign I'm doing below shows a somewhat exaggerated movement.
(Pulling the sign down further than normal.) The more you exaggerate
this sign indicates more experience.
Memory aid: Think of an old man with a white
beard stroking the beard as he reflects on his life experience to solve some
sort of problem. Older people have a lot of experience.
Note: If you see someone do the sign "EXPERIENCE" using a criss-cross
pattern (down as normal and then doing a crosswise forward stroke
(the flat of the fingernails are dragged across the cheek toward the
front) it means "very familiar with."
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