Meaning: A false alarm (such as a fire alarm) that is set off when it is not needed.
Deaf Culture and tidbits
Deaf/Sign Language Anecdotes
In the late 2000s, a Deaf young woman unlocked the door at her Deaf parents' house around midnight. Then she and her hearing boyfriend had a farewell kiss. As they smooched against the door, the door slightly opened ajar and the strobe alarm light flashed all over the house. They stopped kissing and quickly parted. She rushed to enter the pass code to turn off the alarm.
How were Deaf students called in every building (dormitories) during the week-long 1988 Deaf President Now protest? "During the week of DPN, we had to communicate through rallies. We had no texting, no wireless communication, no emails. So what we would do was set off the fire alarm, and then the strobes would flash to inform each other that we would meet at rallies." -- Bridgetta Bourne-Firl.
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