"How do you say 'sad' in American Sign Language (ASL)?"
Definition: Feeling or expressing unhappiness; an emotion showing sorrow; unhappy.
Pronunciation (sign description): Both "5" hands (handshape), palms in (orientation) in front of the face (location), move down (movement). Sometimes, one-handed version is used in informal register.
Subtly sad face accompanying this sign is a common facial expression. Occasionally in colloquialism, other subtle facial expressions used by Deaf signers may convey a different meaning from sarcasm to "too bad", too.
This time-lapse video shows how the ASL-speaking bilingual toddler acquired the ASL word "sad".
Notice that the toddler used one-handed and two-handed versions in natural contexts. At age 2;10, she knew how to pretend to be sad, ha.
Related signs: UNHAPPY, SORROWFUL, DOWNHEARTED, DEJECTED, DEPRESSED, TRAGIC, POUT.
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