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Hand Jive

Hand Jive Top 7 Common American Hand Gestures That Can Get You in Trouble Abroad Nearly everyone all over the globe knows that flashing the middle finger is meant as a huge insult to the recipient. However, many common hand gestures which are perfectly innocent in the US are in fact quite dangerous in other parts of the world! Here are seven of the most hazardous ones: U.S. GESTURE DESCRIPTION DON'T USE IT HERE In the US, the thumbs up sign means "well done" or is commonly used by hitchhikers, but don't use it in Greece, Russia, Sardinia or West Africa, because you'll be insulting the recipient with a hearty: "Up yours!" Thumbs up Many people use this sign to denote "victory" or "peace" in America or simply to refer to the number two (e.g. "can I have two of those please?"), but use it in Great Britain, Australia, Ireland or New Zealand V sign and you'll basically be dropping the "F" bomb! Be careful with this. In the US it means everything is hunky-dory, but in Russia, Brazil, Turkey and the Mediteranean, it means something very different, something along the lines of "you are a homosexual". In France and Belgium, it means the recipient is a worthless zero. A ok If you're in Greece, don't tell someone to stop by also holding up your hand, palm out and all five fingers at attention. You'd be telling them to go straight to hell! Stop! Jenna Bush was televised flashing this symbol in Norway to show her pride for Texas, not realizing that she was inadvertently telling the entire Mediterranean that their spouses were being unfaithfuthe sign means "cuckold" and is popular in Spain, Portugal, Greece, Colombia, Brazil, Albania and Slovakia. Texas Longhorn/ Heavy Metal If you go to the Philippines, whatever you do, don't tell someone to "come here" by curling your pointer finger forward and motioning repeatedly, unless you want to get arrested. It's considered to be a gesture befitting only usage on a dog, and is punishable with jail time if used on a person. Come here 7 Everybody settle down Placing both hands out, palms down, fingers outstretched, to settle a crowd or to tell people to wait is common- place in the US, but in Greece it means "eat s***!"

Hand Jive

shared by rmmojado on Jan 30
Hand gestures, like culturally specific slang, do not always translate well across countries. American travelers have enough to worry about without inadvertently insulting someone. Today’s infograph...


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