Meaning: A state of tranquillity or quiet; freedom from civil disturbance; also peaceful.
Colloquial usage/slang (native level) -- it's difficult to describe meanings in different contexts in short sentences.
This PEACE sign has a few subtle variations when it's inflected with intonation to convey other meanings beyond "peaceful", such to some degrees as "good riddance", "now I can relax", "glad it's over"...
Q: "It's my understanding that the one-handed "peace" sign of the 60s is incorrect and, instead, is the letter "V" which Winston Churchill used for victory. I believe the one-handed V sign (for peace) was created and adapted against the "victory" sign by peaceniks in protest to the war. Can you confirm my assumption or offer a correction?" -- Feb. 2015.
A: The ASL word "peace" (variation) and hearing hand symbols are not necessarily related in meanings. ASL has its own meanings, not related to other meanings of other cultures (specifically, hearing culture) or languages.
[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 PEACE or PEACEFUL. Contributed by Jolanta Lapiak, July 2015.
Variation. Contributed by Adrean Clark, January 2017.
The trend #FOREHEADPEACESIGN emerged online in the hearing world in the 2010s(?). Deaf people found this trend amusing, because the symbol reminds them of the ASL word STUPID; hence, one cannot help but see it as #IAMSTUPID.
This cartoon, though not directly related to #FOREHEADPEACESIGN, succinctly expresses Deaf humor as a form of nonviolent resistance to oppression as well as cultural appropriation.
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