Be Careful What You Do With Your Hands

Be Careful What You Do With Your Hands

Be careful when traveling abroad to not make one of these gestures.  Things we do everyday here in the US could get you into some trouble around the globe.  

1. The chin flick  

        Brushing the back of your hand underneath your chin in a flicking motion means “get lost” in Belgium, northern Italy, and Tunisia.

2.  The fig 

        A clenched fist with your thumb between your first and second fingers means “screw you” (to put it mildly) in Turkey, Russia, and Indonesia.

3.  Forearm jerk

        This is the action of punching your fist into your elbow joint while raising the other fist up in front of you. It will not get you a positive reaction         in most parts of southern Europe or Brazil, and it’s used commonly by soccer fans wanting to send an offensive message to the fans of the         opposing team.

4. The moutza

        In Greece, Mexico, the Middle East, and Africa, the action of raising your open hand, palm out, with spread fingers in front of someone is a         serious sign of displeasure. Possibly one of the oldest hand gestures still in use, it dates all the way back to ancient Byzantium, when criminals         were chained to donkeys and paraded through the streets, where locals would rub their own feces onto the prisoner. 

5. The cutis

        Flicking your thumb from the back of your upper front teeth toward someone is seriously nasty in India and Pakistan.  Let's just say         "middle finger."

6. Five fathers

        Arab and Caribbean countries see the action of pointing your right index finger and the grouped finger tips of your left hand as a way of         saying, “you have five fathers.” Or, in harsher terms, “your mother is promiscuous."  I'm guessing "your mama" jokes aren't funny in the Arab         countries either.

7.  Head shake

        Most people assume that nodding your head is the universal sign for “yes” and shaking your head is the sign for “no.” But in Greece and         Bulgaria, these actions are reversed. 

9. Horns

        The placement of your fingers to show horns, usually known as the symbol for “rock on,” has a different meaning in Spain, Greece, and Italy —         where it is called the “corna” and is considered a suggestive gesture made to a man to imply that his wife is cheating on him.

10. Thumbs up

    The thumbs-up sign does not mean “that’s great” in Australia as it does here. There, it means “up yours” or the painful-sounding “sit on it.”

Looking for #8?  I left it off the list.  It was too offensive even for me.  Want to learn a little more about these gestures and see #8?  follow this link.

Are you looking for a Realtor that won't give you "The Moutza"  when helping you buy or sell a home in Arizona?  Call Scott Simas at 602-499-1602. He has been buying and selling homes in Arizona for over 20 years.  Experience matters!  If you are looking for a home in Gilbert, Chandler, Mesa, Apache Junction, Tempe, Scottsdale, Phoenix, or Glendale, you need the expertise of an agent who knows how not to offend!  You can also visit Scott's website at to learn more about his exclusive home selling program.  

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