LUCK, LUCKY in sign language

Feeling lucky today? Whether you feel it or not, at least feeling grateful matters, right? Yep! You don't need luck to feel grateful.

Sign for lucky, luck
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This entry shows the signs for 'luck' (noun) or 'lucky' (adjective) and how to use them in 'good luck' and 'tough luck'.

ASL signs for 'luck', 'lucky'

Here is how to sign "luck" or "lucky", depending on the structure or word order in ASL sentences in American Sign Language.

Meaning: Having or marked by good luck; fortunate.

Pronunciation (sign description): Dominant "open-8" hand (handshape) with tip of the middle finger in contact with the chin (location) swings outward in an arc motion while maintaining the palm down (movement).

A tip for learners is not to confuse this sign with "delicious". Big difference, well, the same handshape and location, but a big difference in movement!

Variation (sign description): Dominant "H or U" hand (handshape) with the fingertips in contact with the chin (location) and the palm down (orientation) motions up a bit, sideways a bit and then down (movement).

Variation: Use fingerspelling in some contexts such as GOOD LUCK.

Related lucky (and unlucky) words

Dorota was born lucky, just doing nothing. Her best friend relies on her FORTUNE TELLER who keeps bringing her either TOUGH LUCK or BAD LUCK. She tries a special stone that keeps getting lost. She buys a weekly $10 lotto that never wins. She hangs up a horseshoe on the doorway but it keeps bumping her forehead. What had she done to deserve such MISFORTUNE? Ah, look! She found a four-leaf clover, but what does it do? Aha moment, she realizes that everything else in her life is just good luck without any of these luck enhancers. Not everything's about PROSPERITY or SUCCESS.

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Written ASL

[Note: ASL writing is not an official standard. This sign language writing remains in a state of open space to allow room for experiment, evolution, and improvement.]

ASL written for LUCKY

ASL digit written and contributed by Todd Hicks the ASLwrite community, 2017.

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