Meaning: Preferred before all others of the same kind; a person or thing regarded with special favor or preference.
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Learner tip: Not to be confused with similar signs PREFER and TASTE.
Very common usage, often glossed as "KISSFIST" and also sometimes glossed as "LOVE-it". Though it"s an adjective in English, it"s commonly used as a verb in ASL sentences. Both of them fit the concept, but they don"t equate with the speech of parts in a sentence.
E.g. The phrase "Her favorite person..." shows in English whereas it works in ASL as THAT(IX2) PERSON/\ IX1-she KISS-FIST (verb)...
KISSFIST has multiple uses and meanings in contexts. It can be also used as an interjection. E.g. When a person makes a joke that is characteristic of the person"s wit or humor, the listener might react KISSFIST. Typically used by native Deaf signers.
Regional variation in some regions in the U.S.
Regional and generational variations in some regions of Canada.
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