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 âget lostâ in Belgium, northern Italy, and Tunisia.
2. The fig
A clenched fist with your thumb between your first and second fingers means âscrew youâ (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 itâs 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, âyou have five fathers.â Or, in harsher terms, âyour 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 âyesâ and shaking your head is the sign for âno.â But in Greece and Bulgaria, these actions are reversed.
The placement of your fingers to show horns, usually known as the symbol for ârock on,â has a different meaning in Spain, Greece, and Italy â where it is called the âcornaâ 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 âthatâs greatâ in Australia as it does here. There, it means âup yoursâ or the painful-sounding âsit on it.â
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.
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