Intermediate II

ASL word usage of WORSE

A base meaning of the word "worse" in ASL is similar to that of English. Basically, it means "more bad", all right. Or, formally it's defined as "of poorer quality or a lower standard; less good or desirable."

But, there is more meaning to WORSE in ASL than "more bad" that is not found in English. Not only the ASL sign WORSE is a negative connotation, but also it can have either a positive or neutral connotation. As English has some odd meanings, ASL is no exception.

Word usage is how a word or concept is used in a language. These examples show how the ASL sign/word WORSE is used in contexts and what their meanings are. This tutorial is for advanced ASL learners.

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Now ASL learners can understand what they mean when they see ASL/Deaf speakers use the signs WORSE and WORSEN in contexts. But, ASL beginners and novice (or not) interpreters are not encouraged to use them in situations that can cause misunderstandings. Simply observe, learn, and understand that there is something more beyond its basic meaning.

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