Signs for MUST
Definition: To be obliged to; to be required or compelled to.
Related signs: REQUIRED.
[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.]
Contributed by ASLwrite, 2016 for "must".
Instead of using one finger, it uses the whole fingers to mean 'very must' or 'must!!!' as sometimes seen in spoken ASL.
Jolanta experimented two different handshapes (the older digit on the left and newer digit on the right) along with the mouth morpheme (intense). Below the digits is the fingerspelled word, "MUUUUST".
Contributed by Jolanta in the ASLwrite community, 2017.
Deaf Culture and tidbits
ASL Creative Inflection
Usually used by native/Deaf signers.
Inflection and language play: The meaning of this ASL sign is the same except that it's five times MUST. That is, absolutely must.
Another context in capture (April l2020): Marcus Bryant signed MUST, double-MUST, 5x-MUST when talking about wearing a mask as absolutely required for himself before entering a chain store.