How To ``Give The Finger`` In Other Countries [Pic]

Submitted by: floydevans 6 years ago in Funny

FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!
There are 132 comments:
Female 99
i`m pretty sure the middle finger is more insulting here (Brasil) than that sign...
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Male 255
So if a thai don`t like a youtube-video he give a thumb-up?
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Male 104
you cant do anything with your hands without offending someone
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Male 166
The two fingers that are offensive in England and Australia, derive from the English longbowman in wars against the French. If the French caught them in battle, they`d cut off those two fingers, so they couldn`t use a bow and arrow again. So, before battles, the English bowmen would hold up those two fingers to the French like a big "F you..."
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Male 67
Philippines has 1 L and 2 P`s
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Male 511
The Turkish one is called The Fig, and it`s actually really old-timey. There`s a Michelangelo painting in St. Peter`s Basilica where a cherub is giving the pope-at-the-time the Fig, because everyone hated him.
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Male 2,121
@IseeingI2I, they do get banned. They post in multiple threads at the same time, that`s why they can have a few posts.
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Male 613
You want to talk about boring. This was the same latest posting at this time YESTERDAY
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Male 51
Yeah the inverted peace sign is certainly not rude in Australia. I think most people would be very confused.
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Male 271
can we just ban the stupid spammers like pooja who think IABers are retarded and will actualy fall for their bullpoo
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Male 792
Sigh...you freaking nitwits. I told you...these don`t mean "drat off". They`re wards against the evil eye, and had been created with that thought in mind.
They`re rude because by flipping one is insinuating the person you`re giving it to you is giving you the Evil Eye...
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Male 2,388
You will allways require a way to tell someone to drat off its universald
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Female 48
In Britan, where i am anyway, two fingers is seen as more comedic than insulting. The one middle finger is more insulting by far.
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Male 25,416
good things you need to know
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Female 924
""actually in Britain/Australia, the American version is more offensive and more commonly used... "

Don`t know about Australia, but in Britain the two finger version is more common (at least where I live).


"when george bush got off the plain in germany and he made that sign it was an outrage in germany because he basically called the entire nation a*sholes"

I`m German and I`ve never heard that this sign means a*shole, would say it means "all okay".
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Male 975
The Greek `middle finger` seems pretty dumb. I guess people can tell when someone is waving or high fiving?
Also the two finger, I give the deuces every once in awhile.
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Female 126
i know an exchange student from brazil, thailand, france, italy, and the phillipines... perfect>:)
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Male 56
Me and my metal-head friend have to make sure not to ever go to Italy...
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Male 369
I`m pretty sure half of those are just sign language...
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Female 2,026
i would say two is more offensive than one finger
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Male 1,153
"actually in Britain/Australia, the American version is more offensive and more commonly used... "

It`s really not
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Male 247
Eeewww! What is up with Thailand`s thumb? It`s loooong!
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Female 177
my husband is from England and they use the middle finger more then the two, the two fingers isn`t as bad
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Male 1,178
actually in Britain/Australia, the American version is more offensive and more commonly used...
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Male 304
@rabbitchannl whoever wrote this is telling all you people

FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

HE HE HE
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Male 535
@Sheraf
yes it is an insult! when george bush got off the plain in germany and he made that sign it was an outrage in germany because he basically called the entire nation a*sholes. so even if it`s not true in france, it is true that the sign has an insulting meaning in at least a neighbor country
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Male 2,033
@rabbitchannl

So...whoever wrote this had the Filipino middle finger up their ass?

Interesting.
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Male 5,194
Brazil wins.
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Male 5,413
It`s the same everwhere. Do not get this pic sir!
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Male 1
Well, since it looks like there are no Filipino members here I registered to tell you that

1. Philippines is spelled wrong.
2. That is not our F U sign. Ours is the same as the Americans. Whoever wrote this pulled it out of his ass.
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Male 579
Wow.. go to Greece.. Wave at people.. Get your ass kicked...
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Female 1,435
Philippines is like a poke up the bum
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Male 53
Here in Czech Republic its kind of mix between US and Italy
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Male 734
I wonder how Italians tell each other to "rock on"
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Male 131
Imagine all the Thai people laughing at the world as they tell eachother to eff off in their language.
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Male 304
.|.
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Female 182
The Brit pic is what we use against the french during the world cup lol
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Female 35
....freaking swear filter.

"c you next tuesday", if you`ll excuse me for that expression
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Female 35
The British one doesn`t mean eff you.

It means "you`re a mean person"
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Male 288
The French sign is indicative of their personality that`s for sure!
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Female 84
The Brit picture is NOT peace sign already!, it`s the other way around (as shown in the pic) and it`s not hugely offensive either. We do this to each other a lot in a joking way just as much as we would if we were actually annoyed with someone
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Male 1,452
philippines is the best
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Male 586
So the American sign for peace is really just a big FU to the Brits? I like that idea!
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Male 57
I call bullsh*t.
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Male 1,051
I might be Fil-am, but I don`t really care that much that Philippines is spelled incorrectly.
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Male 78
@EntrE

I`m french, this is just wrong. The other way to give the finger is this way: at 2:05, the sign the comic makes:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppgafj6Q5oQ

The circle doesn`t means A**hole. It`s not even an old fashion one. This circle is used in a stupid (and very old) game kids play where if you show this sign to someone at his belt level, and he looks at it, you get to hit him in the shoulder.
And my grandfather knew this game.

So no way in hell this is an insult.
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Male 6,693
The good ole bird.
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Male 44
Greece with the whole fiveSocial hands
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Male 535
i knew it would get censored! the circle means A*shole
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Male 535
@ListerStorm
#6 is not crap at all. I personally know it from germany and yes, it is a little old fashioned, but the circle means "non-nice individual"
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Male 924
Both the V and middle finger are used in britain, to me the V always seemed more of a quick "F*ck you" whereas the middle finger is a full on "F*ck off"
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Male 1,237
Urban myth , I see.. well there you go. Having googled it apparently they can`t prove it either way but that there`s not much evidence to support it! Meh
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Male 271
@paddyt07

americanisation of Britain?

well... its about time they gave something back.

xxxxxx
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Male 162
6. Is crap, my French GF has never seen that used as a rude gesture.
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Male 1,067
@Jowsh; urban myth.

And anyways, with the major Americanisation of Britain, you see the middle more often anyway.
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Male 72
The Agincourt longbowman origin for the `V` sign is a myth.
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Female 437
@ jowsh.. thanx for that, hmm weird tho, thank god i never lived in those days haha
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Male 53
@Jowsh Yes but that was in the French/English war.
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Male 1,237
@Lauryn #2 The 2 fingers comes from when they used to cut off a man`s forefinger as a punishment, so he couldn`t shoot his bow with it I think. So the 2 fingers up was a taunt, and I guess it stuck.
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Female 437
Hmm.. most of these mean something in Oz, i dont really understand how they are all ment to be `the finger`
#1 means `drat you` ie the finger
#2 means peace (but the other way round).. if u hold up your 4th finger as well i get the f u.. but we say `read between the lines` and it goes back to #1
#3 means i got ur nose.. lol something you do to kids as a joke.
#4 again F U,
#5 thumbs up.. ie good job (sarcastic or not)
#6 OK
#7 fingers crossed ie good luck
#8 \m/ rock on
#9 umm five maybe a wrong high 5 lol
#10 et phone home..? lol.. idk
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Male 5
@ardystic: Must be from all the non-verbal cussing :D
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Male 11
My wife is from Brazil, I have never heard/seen that one before. The most common is making the `OK` gesture from the States or making an `O` with one hand and hitting it against the palm of your other hand... I am pretty sure the one pictured means you are mad at someone in every culture on the planet.
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Female 437
@Anger The story was about the two fingers one and I`m pretty sure it was about French archers taking English archers` fingers since the English archers were the best in Europe. Unfortunately it`s not true XD
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Male 1,834
\m/
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Male 1,083
is it me or does the thailand hand have a really long thumb?
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Female 188
I am Greek and this is not how we give the finger. This is "moutza" and it is the most innocent gesture nobody cares about.
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Male 222
The backwards peace thing is used in Australia and New Zealand and so is the finger. Although both generally mean "f**k off" or "f**k you" I think here in New Zealand the finger is overused so the two fingers is usually more offensive.. You pull that bad boy out when you really wanna piss someone off. Whereas the finger`s a pretty standard thing.
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Male 218
i heard when u show people the middle finger its because when they captured archers back in the old days they cut off their middle fingers, so you`d show yours to them as a taunt.
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Male 383
Giving the middle finger is used in almost all western countries, as it has it`s origins in the Roman Empire. The sign for Italy can be used in a few Latin countries and means your wife is sleeping around/you`re a cuckold. The sign for the UK is not the victory sign (I refuse to call it a peace sign), seeing as the palm is facing inward, it means f*** off, but can also be used, traditionally, as a way to show rejection of authority.
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Male 2,988
good to know
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Male 1,744
greece: High Five!
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Male 73
the two fingers for Britain/Australia only applies to Britain. I`m an Aussie from birth but live in UK and not once in my life have I seen the two fingers used in Aus.
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Male 478
Thailand has BIG thumb
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Male 1,249
Italy is so metal
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Male 311
or Brazil for that matter...
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Male 311
Greece is intense...I would hate to be a woman in Greece...
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Female 4,084
wish i traveled more....
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Female 21
he was intimate or interested in a Morrocan girl and got her out of trouble with the law..(it`s like a record on repeat..it`s like a new 17 year old every week) to which his excuse was pretty much "at least i`m not gay.":

"It`s better to be passionate about a beautiful girl than a gay"

His kids must hate him.
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Male 505
[quote]Berlusconi just does it at EU meetings cause he`s an idiot.[/quote]

Yeah he`s an idiot, but with Berlusconi it`s probably aimed at a husband out there.
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Female 21
My grandmother (italy) uses the horns for superstiion..ward off bad luck / malocchio.

also pointing it at someone implys their wife is screwing around.

Berlusconi just does it at EU meetings cause he`s an idiot.
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Male 675
One does not simply -rock- into Monteriggioni...

(If you get all the references, congrats, your a geek like me.)
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Male 2,344
Most of these are -good- symbols in America, haha
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Male 52
@raztaman
Holly never said that the uk does not use the V...idiot
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Male 310
There must be a lot of miscommunications with tourists in Greece and Thailand then...
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Female 10
Actually, the V is pretty common in the UK and tends to get thrown around more than the finger.

The more you know.
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Female 250
britain uses the middle finger too
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Male 914
Ironically, I make that gesture with my Filipina girlfriend about twice a week! :D
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Female 452
@ham: I was thinking the exact same thing.
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Male 1,815
In Ireland, the middle finger and two fingers are pretty much interchangeable.
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Male 5
Aussies generally do it the same as Americans, with the middle finger.
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Female 2,674
I prefer a good crotchpunch. That says f*ck off in any language.
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Male 2,085
There may be different gestures, but the finger in universal.
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Male 337
That is a LARGE thumb Thailand...
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Female 2
So I can`t give a man from Greece a high five and I can`t give a man from Thailand a thumbs up for his good work?
and I can`t cross my fingers for luck for a Vietnamese person?
and if I want to do a dramatic "A-ok" In France I`d be rude?
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Male 546
It`s nice to be muti-lingual. Thanks
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Male 164
Haha, metal is too much for Italy.
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Male 72
Aussie isn`t a peace sign...it`s backwards.
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Female 3,598
Seriously australia? the peace sign offends you? :-(
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Male 2,229
"I saw a picture of Churchill doing it and assumed it was harmless :("

HARMLESS?! Those scissors beat Hitlers paper!

LOL, haven`t laughed this hard in awhile, dis is good :-)
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Male 2,748
I`d get in soooo much trouble in Italy...
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Male 290
Since there are so many people of British origin living there. You know, it`s one of the `colonies`.
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Male 250
"I saw a picture of Churchill doing it and assumed it was harmless :("

HARMLESS?! Those scissors beat Hitlers paper!
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Female 84
I heard that the reason we (brits) give the V`s is because originally we used it as an insult towards the french, when we`d capture their archers we`d cut off their two fingers so this gesture is kind of a piss take originally. And I wouldn`t say it`s rare at all, I know more people who throw the v than just one finger.
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Male 985
Since when is that the sign in Australia O.o
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Male 505
[quote]If they`re facing away, it`s a peace sign. Confusing, I know.[/quote]

Or victory i think.
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Male 4,680
The two fingers one is pretty rare, I remember being told off for doing it when I was 5.

I saw a picture of Churchill doing it and assumed it was harmless :( If your fingernails are facing towards your target, it`s swearing. If they`re facing away, it`s a peace sign. Confusing, I know.
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Male 505
With regards to the italy one i always thought that in italy the "rock on" signal was something about insulting a mans virility.
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Male 505
Davymid:

Yeah you`re right.

Well i was always "taught" that the two fingers were drat off and the middle finger was up yours. Hence where we get the "sit on it and swivel".
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Male 10,855
@aquaman

No bull.
I can verify three:
Greece and Thailand
Italy
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Male 12,138
To clear up the UK one (fellow Brits correct me if I`m wrong), but to me the middle finger means something like "up yours", while the two fingers means more like "f*ck you" - a subtle but important distinction. Also, the two fingers is pretty old-fashioned, not many people do it anymore.
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Male 290
@Angelmassb: As a resident of Greece I can tell you with certainty that you can high five without insulting anyone, so long as your fingers are not spread out like you see in the photo.
Examples of how it works are
Here and Here.
Hope this answers the question that would torment you to the end of time. ;-)
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Male 2,441
Been to the UK and I never heard of that. Clearly I didn`t get the full experience if that is correct.
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Male 15,510
So you cant high five a Greek? Isnt Brazil gesture, more like the Italy one? I think the finger is universal
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Male 2,402
@davymid
That`s a good one.
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Male 683
In America

Britan/Australia - Peace
Turkey - "Got your nose!"
Brazil - "And then I did this too her"
Thailand- umm, thumbs up, good job
France - Okay
Vietnam - Hope so/good luck
Italy - Rock on
Greece - Awkward high five
Phillippines - finger up the ass (btw pillipinos hab sols)

I have a feeling of shenanigans on these...
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Female 38
brazilian one is wrong too, i mean, you can use that but it`s not nearly as offensive as the american or even french one (which can be used but it`s not very common)...
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Male 792
These are all wards against the evil eye...which is what the gesture is really about.
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Male 12,138
Wow, Turkish men must have seriously small dicks...
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Male 1,116
Thumbs up also means "shove it up your ass" in a bunch of Muslim countries I`ve been told.
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thailand, france, vietnam, italy and greece...good to know.
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Male 801
The Greek gesture is wrong and the UK one is slightly off, if you are giving the finger.
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Female 162
The middle finger also applies in places like Australia.
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Male 3,745
looks like the guy for thailand has a really huge thumb...
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Female 798
My dad has told me that the gesture for Italy is bad in Puerto Rico too.
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Male 78
France? Really? Who`s the idiot who did this chart?

This means "ok". Or "perfect". To flip someone off we use the same sign as americans, or a sort of slap on the biceps with the other hand making a fist.
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Female 412
We use both the middle finger and the two finger salute over here in Britain...
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Female 243
Thailand and France are A-OK
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Male 5,314
i think the middle finger is pretty universal. if they don`t get it, that only makes it funnier.
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Female 243
so...in Greece...how do they distinguish "HIGH FIVE!" from "drat YOU!"
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Female 168
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