Top 10 Hand Gestures to Know

Submitted by: buddy 9 years ago in
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Some of these can be highly offensive depending where you are.
There are 45 comments:
Male 73
The \/ sign here in the UK means "f*** off" as opposed to "up yours". There`s an old story about it being used to taunt the french before battles, as caught longbowmen had their fingers cut off to prevent them ever firing a bow again.
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Female 224
i must remember all these so i can use them later
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Male 957
most of those hand signs are stupid and pointless. except for the middle finger!!!
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Male 66
I can`t believe they left out the shocker and the gangsta.
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Male 42
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Male 157
they should post hand gestures 2 avoid in compton
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Male 713
Black Sabbath guitarist Ronnie James Dio

Yeah what the heck?

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Female 105
annoyed deaf people?!?!?!?!?! wtf! lol! o yea the rock on symbol thing also means i love you if you put ur thumb out so if ur thumb is on ur fingers its rock on and if its out it i love you! lol XD lml (<rock on) lml, (<i love you)
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Female 1
Number 9, "The Corna"

That also means bullsh*t in sign-language...So remember kids, when all those folks out there are giving the rock on signal to their favorite song or band...It means that they are saying their favorite band or song is bullsh*t...

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Male 528
"Black Sabbath guitarist Ronnie James Dio"


Looks like someone should get their facts right.

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Female 2,927
actulay the corona was and old country getsure (which one i cant remeber) that you would use to dispell the "evil eye" or the cast it on a person. even dio said that. he said in an interveiw his grandmother would use it for protection.
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Female 455
I laughed at Churchill flicking the Vs. How could he possibly not know there was a difference between that and `peace`?
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Male 1,461
I give this thread 2 thumbs up.
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Female 133
I remember watching a VH1 special a while back, and they said something about thumbs-up also meaning "up yours".
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Female 119
You are raight fatalicus, in Texas the "Corna" means a bull and it is known as the "hand gesture" representative of the University of Texas...so as you pointed out, she was not making any "satanic sign" nor she meant "rock on", but she is/was actually a student of the University of Texas.
By the way, it does mean (specially in Latin America) that your wife is cheating on you ("it is putting the horns on you" an idiomatic expression that does not make sense in English...sorry), but at the same time when you are mad (as in this case with the referee in a match) by doing that you mean "cabron" which is a very common "bad word" in Latin America.
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Male 2,050
well the thumbs up one is true. When I ordered a pasta dish in Italy the waiter brought me my food and I said "Grazie" and gave him a thumbs up. I was asked to leave.
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Male 226
DUDE. PORTUGUESE PEOPLE ARE NOT GAY.
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Male 54
wow, that was a lame waste of my time
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Male 50
does`t The “Corna” signal big horns in texas? (like a bull with big horns, meaning a good bull?

I think i remember something like that from the time where Bush` daughter did that sign (what you see in the picture) and people said she made a satanic sign, but it was later explained that in texas it was a good sign, because of the bull thing.

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Male 384
thumb`s up guy has very small thumbs
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Female 322
Did anyone else notice that nearly every gesture seemed to taunt the Italians? For a race that talks with their hands a lot, that CAN`T be good.
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Female 1
I always thought of #7 to be a peace sign. Never thought of it to be a rude gesture. It seems to be the opposite in Great Britian. It basicly means "peace" here in the US but in Britian it`s "Fighting talk"! o.O I`ve also notice in anime where they use the peace sign a lot. I`m guessing for the Japanese it means "peace" as well.
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Male 2
Actually, according to myriad documentaries on the History and Discovery channels, the thumbs-up/thumbs-down gesture really was used back in the days of the Coliseum, only by the emperor, not the people.
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Male 153
um this was most likely made in britian so thats why A LOT of this crap is false
plus on #7, i`ve been to italy and it aint rude if you do it either way, the just put a whole lot of bullsh*t into this to make it interesting
:D
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Male 951
So stupid and contrived. Most of those "gestures" are just annoying in general, regardless of where you are.
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Male 756
Now I am confused!
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Male 317
as he somewhat say in the conclusion, humans are so obsessed with sex that almost any gesture can be considered, somewhere in the whole world, as a reference to sexual organs.
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Female 129
I never realised #7 wasn`t rude in america! That does explain a few things from american tv shows lol
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Female 195
The "fig" one is offensive in Russia too.
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Male 34
The "Cutis"

not just an eastern sign, i refer you to Act 1 Scene 1 of romeo and juliet (shakespeare)

ABRAHAM
Do you bite your thumb at us, sir?

SAMPSON
I do bite my thumb, sir.

ABRAHAM
Do you bite your thumb at us, sir?

SAMPSON
[Aside to GREGORY] Is the law of our side, if I say ay?

GREGORY
No.

SAMPSON
No, sir, I do not bite my thumb at you, sir, but I bite my thumb, sir.

so, known of in england as well as the east

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Male 2,005
The “Corna”
The gesture was actually popularised as a Satanic salute during the 1960s, appearing in many editions of the Satanic Bible. Nowadays many Americans (such as Jenna Bush, pictured below) use the gesture simply to mean “rock on”.

actually when u hold the thumb outward it means "i love you" as seen its three fingers, its usually used on rockconserts when they make the sign and screams our "i love you, i love you"
when having the thumb in yur palm it means satan

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Male 152
the finger cam from this war the people tried to cut off the bowmens middle fingers, and they failed to so they won the war and they were all ha ha we still got our finger pointing it at them
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Male 17
I knew like 6-7 of them...anyway don`t use thumbs up in Latin America B-|
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Male 610
For all those confused about #7

Look the the picture.
bad = left picture, with knuckle pointing out
good = right picture, with finger-nails pointing in, sort of like a hippy.

At least, i hope it`s that.. ;-/

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Female 159
Actually #7 was used the other way around. We used to be famous for our archers (an individual could average about 6 arrows in the air at any one time) so doing \/ at the French was basically a death threat. Hence the French started cutting off our fingers when we got caught. But yeah, the \/ originated as a death threat.. like sticking a gun in somebody`s face.
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Male 30
According to my old enlgish teacher, #10 originated from the amercians cos they got to fat and lazy to hold up 2 fingers like the brits do in #7 (which is thought to hve come from the french taunting english longbowmen, meaning "if you get caught, we`ll cut your bowstring fingers off")
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Female 674
The invention of pockets, now we know...
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Male 2,216
sulu, in the UK the peace fingers are the fingers facing outwards, if you do it so the fingers are facing inwards its like the finger in the US.
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Male 1,275
Thr baby lol
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Female 93
"Beware, however, of using this gesture in the Philippines – it’s a method of communication considered worthy only to use on dogs, and is actually punishable by arrest. Worst of all, they’ll break your index finger in order to prevent you from committing the same crime again!"

WTF? 0_o

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Male 2,616
Never realized Tony Blair was a woman.
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Male 994
Never realized Thumbs ups and Peace could get you in trouble.
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Male 1,825
hehe, now i now how to piss someone off without actually knowing their language
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Male 10
i know a few of them.
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Male 10,115
Link: Top 10 Hand Gestures to Know [Rate Link] - Some of these can be highly offensive depending where you are.
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