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The Definitions Of Hand Gestures Around The World


Hello everyone. Body language can be a funny thing. Depending on where you are in the world, certain
gestures can either mean you’re making a new mate,
or landing yourself in hot water. In this video, we are going to look at the
definitions of hand gestures around the world. The Okay. In most of the English-speaking world, as
well as in several other countries, this hand gesture means that everything is fine, great,
okay or perfect. In Brazil, however, it is considered a rude
gesture, equivalent to the one finger salute. The most famous example of this was in the
1950s when Richard Nixon visited Brazil and flashed the “Ok sign” to a waiting crowd upon
arriving in Rio de Janeiro, who responded with boos! The Horn. In USA, this gesture is adopted by rockers
as a sign of approval, and in essence, to rock on. But in many Mediterranean and Latin countries,
such as Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Spain, Italy and Portugal,
to make this sign at someone is to tell them that their spouse is cheating on them. The Fingers All Together. In Italy, this gesture means “what is this?”
or “what do you want?”. But, in Democratic Republic of Congo, this
gesture is a sign for a small amount of something. In Turkey however, it indicates that something
is beautiful or well, and in Egypt, it’s a motion to show you’ll only be a minute. The Thumbs Up. In most countries, this gesture is a sign
of approval. In some other countries however, such as Iran,
Iraq or Afghanistan, this gesture is seen as an “up yours” The Crossed Fingers. In the UK, Australia, USA and Canada, this
gesture of crossing one’s fingers is to wish for good luck. But it is a whole different meaning in Vietnam. This gesture is seen as lewd in Vietnam because
crossed fingers are said to resemble female genitals. The V Sign. In USA, this is a harmless backwards sign
for peace. In the Uk, Australia, Ireland and New Zealand
however, this sign is seen as rude and frequently used to signify contempt or defiance towards
authority. The Come Here. In the English-speaking countries such as
UK, Australia, USA and Canada, this gesture is used to motion somebody to
come over. But in Philippines, this gesture is considered
highly offensive when motioned to another person because this gesture is reserved for
dogs. The Point. In European countries like Belgium, the Netherlands,
Germany and Austria, this is considered as a gesture for the number 2. In China however, it is a gesture for the
number 8, and Italy, this hand gesture is used to indicate that something is not good. The Downwards Palm Wave. In the UK, Australia, USA and Canada, this
gesture indicates “go away” and it is usually used to shoo somebody off. But, in Philippines, Vietnam, India and Ghana,
this gesture indicates “come here” because having an upwards palm is cnsidered rude in
these countries, hence the downwards palm approach. The Chin Flick. In France, Belgium and Tunisia, the chin flick
is used to express supreme disinterest, or to tell somebody to get lost,
and in Italy, it is used to express “I don’t give a damn.” The Fist And Elbow. In many Latin countries such as Mexico and
south Americans, this gesture is known as the tacano and it means stingy,
because it illustrates that the recipient rarely extends their arm to pay the bills. In Austria and Germany however, this gesture
indicates that the recipient is an idiot, and their brain is in their elbow. The Forehead Fist. In Brazil, this gesture is most effective
with multiple grunts and it is done to indicate stupidity. The Thumb In A Fist. In Australia, UK and Canada, the thumb in
a fist is a common plaful gesture used by adults towards children,
pretending to have stolen a child’s nose. In Turkey however, this is seen as aggressive
and rude. The Outward Hand. In Greece, Africa and Pakistan, this gesture
is seen as insulting or confrontational, as this gesture evolved from the traditional
practice of rubbing dirt, faeces, or ashes into the faces of convicts. The Awkward Turtle. In USA, this is used as a public acknowledgment
that one’s gaffe has caused social embarrassment. And in American, sign language, this gesture
means “platypus.”

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