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American Sign Language: "increase"

The "increase" sign can be used to mean such things as, "get a raise" or "gain weight."

INCREASE / get a raise / gain weight / go up:

The following sentence has two interpretations:
Interpretation 1: Have you recently gotten a raise?
Interpretation 2: Have you recently gained weight?

Note: If I were asking if someone recently gained weight, I'd also puff out my cheeks a bit while doing the "increase" sign. 

Note: The above version is NOT recommended for use with your wife.  Don't ask me how I know.

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