The Top 10 Hand Gestures You’d Better Get Right
September 24, 2007
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Anybody remember when George H W Bush tried to signal ‘peace’ during a visit to Australia in the 90s by giving a large crowd the time-honoured two-fingered salute? Though he didn’t know it at the time, he was actually telling the whole crowd to go screw themselves – and all because he made the seemingly innocuous error that his palm was facing inwards instead of outwards.
Nacho highlighted the danger of using certain hand gestures when travelling in an earlier post, as some have very different meanings in some countries from what we as Westerners believe them to stand for. Let’s take a look, shall we?
1. The “Wanker”
This one actually has a universal meaning; it was just too good not to include in any compilation of hand gestures. There aren’t many places on earth where you could get away with frantically fist-pumping at somebody – I’d imagine because masturbating’s the same wherever you go. Even in Japan.