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American Sign Language: "miss"

The English word "miss" has a couple of different meanings. 

If you mean "miss" as in "I miss my ASL teacher" or "I miss you" then use the version of MISS that pokes the chin with an index finger.



If you mean "miss" as in the opposite of "catch" then use the version of "miss" that starts with a splayed 5-hand to the side/front of the head that moves across/in-front-of your face and ends up in an "S"-handshape.

MISS-(fail to hit, reach, catch, meet, or otherwise make contact with)


Now, if you are thinking, "Wait, the sign for 'guess' looks a lot like the sign for 'miss,'" -- you are correct.  These two signs (guess and miss) are almost the same.  The specific meaning is going to rely heavily on context (the rest of your sentence and the situation) and your facial expression.




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