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American Sign Language:  "clean" = "nice"


The sign for "clean" (or nice) is made by placing your left hand in front of you, palm up and moving the flat palm of your right hand across your left hand. (If you are right handed).

STUDENT:  Are "CLEAN" and "NICE" the same sign?

Dr. Bill:  Yes, they are signed the same way.
The concept "is clean" is signed the same way as the sign NICE.

"clean" = NICE:

See: animation "nice / clean"


"Nice to meet you."


However, the concepts "clean up," "to clean," or "cleaning" use what I call "the process" form of the sign wherein you use extra movement to show a process is taking place.  So, if you want to sign "clean-up" as in "clean up your bedroom" you would use a double motion. (Repeat the sign to mean: "cleaning, or clean-up.") 


In a message dated 10/19/2004 9:59:02 AM Pacific Daylight Time, writes:
Dear Dr. Vicars:
Can you please clarify what sign to use when trying to sign "clean up"?
Response:  You can sign "clean up" or "cleaning" by using a double movement of the sign "CLEAN / NICE."  You brush the dominant hand fingers/palm across the base hand palm twice.

"Do you think parents should pay children to clean up their bedroom?"


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