Meaning: Used to express sympathy at another's misfortune, or, with an ironic tone.
Lexicalized sign: "T-B". Also very commonly used.
Deaf Culture and tidbits
Deaf ASL instructor Angela Stratiy told a story about another cross-cultural meaning in a counseling setting. The counsellor emphatically said "Oh, too bad" in English. It is a positive connotation in context. The bad interpreter used a literal word-for-word translation of "too bad" in English for "TOO-BAD" in ASL. The Deaf client was taken aback. The ASL sign TOO-BAD has a lack of empath. A negative connotation. There is no positive connotation in any context. A culturally competent interpreter would not use it; instead, they would use another ASL sign for the equivalent meaning.
Use this or other interjections of the similar concept.
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