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American Sign Language: "tease" "just kidding" / joking


TEASE: use two "X" hands.  Put the dominant hand on top of the non-dominant hand.  Slide the top hand forward twice. Keep the bottom hand still (it doesn't move). Remember to use a double movement.  This sign can mean either the noun (joke) or the verb (joking / teasing).  If you see J-O-K-E fingerspelled it means the noun "joke."
Also see: JOKE

TEASING / kidding / joking / joke  (depends on context)

Here is a side view of the "end" position of the sign "tease."

Here is a side version of the sign TEASE:  Notice how in his picture it is good natured teasing. (See the facial expression). Use a double movement.

Note:  Someone asked me how to sign "Just joking." 
You could use the sign "tease" to mean you were / are "just joking.
Another thing you could do would be to spell the letters JK to mean "just kidding.


Also see: RUIN / SPOIL: If you do the movement of JOKE one time with an exaggerated twist at the end it can turn the meaning into "ruin" or "spoiled."

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