American Sign Language: "Olympics"
The sign for "Olympics" is based on the sign for "chain" which in
turn is based on the "connect" sign (which also means such things as
"of," "join," "member of," and "link.")
OLYMPICS = "chain"
In normal everyday usage in a sentence signed between two fluent
adults you only use "two" links (or "two" movements"). Sometimes you
might see this sign done with three links but generally three links
would be used only on first reference to introduce the topic to the
conversation. For example, visualize an elementary school teacher
getting the attention of her students and then excitedly signing "We
are going to discuss the Olympics today!" I'd use the "QUOTE"
sign and spell the word Olympics on first usage followed by the sign
for CHAIN. Example: "TODAY MAKE DISCUSS QUOTE O-L-Y-M-P-I-C-S
CHAIN!" Upon second reference there would be no point in
wasting the effort to make three movements.
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