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American Sign Language: "game"


The sign for "game" uses "A" hands. Bring the hands together twice. You can either make contact or just bring them close together. (Most of the time I do make contact twice. I was just being careful for the pictures).


GAME:

 



CHALLENGE:
This is a variation of the "GAME" sign.  This variation uses a bigger, faster, movement and more facial expression.  The movement is definitely a single movement



Memory aid: Think of the way rams butt their heads together to challenge each other for dominance.  That's just a memory aid.  Do the sign lightly so as to not hurt yourself. You don't need to make contact with the hands. (It is "right" either way.)



Note:  In general the sign "game" is done with a double movement and the fronts of the fists make contact two times. 

But I've seen highly skilled signers like Dennis Platt (wonderful guy, world traveler, heavily involved with Deaf sports events, and former president of the Utah Association for the Deaf) do the sign "GAME" using a single strong movement without the hands touching. To me it was obvious that what he meant was "The big game!" (as in "The big match up!") Which means there are two teams coming together to challenge each other.  So his signing (of course) made perfect sense.

So, here is my advice:  When you are referring to board games or simple little games between two players then go ahead and do this sign with a double movement with the knuckles of the hands butting up against each other. If you are referring to a sports match you can do the movement one time and you can make contact but you don't "have to" bring them all the way together. Either way is fine.
 


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