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American Sign Language:  "good-night"

The sign "goodnight" is a compound of the signs GOOD and NIGHT. When you compound (join together) two signs you tend to reduce the movement and contacts of the original signs. "Goodnight" is not two signs strung together, but rather it is a single sign that is specifically used  to wish someone well as you separate for the evening.

(advanced version: compound sign)


(basic version: non-compounded)
Now, if you wished to tell someone that you had a really "good night" you could use the separate full signs "GOOD" and "NIGHT"





Also see: "Goodnight Moon"


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