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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Jumping off of yesterday's subject...

Jumping off of yesterday's subject of Indians... Sometimes when I'm talking to an Indian they will bob their head from side-to-side when conveying a 'No'. It always throws me for a loop because in America that is an aggressive gesture. That, basically, means "you wanna fight?" to us.

Aren't cultural differences interesting? I looked up some others just for fun:

Thumb and index finger, forming a circle with the hand raised, is the universal American sign for "OK" or "I agree" or "excellent". The same sign however has a vulgar meaning in many South American counties, especially Brazil and may provoke an aggressive reaction. In Spain, it's a sign for cuckold, certainly not appreciated by the person who is the recipient of the signal.

Hand thrust out, palm upward and outward is in America and many other countries understood as a well meant warning, in the sense of "stop", or "danger". But if you travel to Greece, beware! If the fingers are splayed, you are in the presence of a sign known as "moutza", which is an extremely offensive and aggressive gesture. Curiously, the signal has the same meaning in Pakistan.


More stuff here.


2 Comments:

  • At 9:26 AM, Blogger Jesper T. said…

    Actually, the side to side usually means yes in my experience.

     
  • At 11:30 AM, Blogger Niecey said…

    And when you Americans do the victory V sign, us Brits are appalled, because in the UK it means eff you! We always have a laugh to see a famous person or president making the sign!

     

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