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Rude Hand Gestures: 10 Offensive Signs Around The World

August 17, 2019DMT.NEWS

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Rude hand gestures – sometimes, they're obvious. More often than not, they aren't.

If you're planning on traveling, you could leave a tarnished impression by making the wrong gesture.

Rude Hand Gestures: 10 Offensive Signs Around The World

That's where I come in. Gentlemen, I've compiled a list of 10 rude hand gestures you want to avoid at all costs.

 

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  1. The A-Ok
  2. The Moutza
  3. The Forks
  4. Mano Fico
  5. Corna
  6. Dog Call
  7. Crossing Fingers
  8. Five Fathers
  9. The Cutis
  10. El Tacaño

Alright gents, let's get started…

 

1. The A-OK

For Americans like me, the A-Ok used to be a positive gesture which meant, well, Ok!

In Brazil, though, it means anything but. It symbolizes a bodily orifice… The a-hole. It's an insult that could get you in trouble if you're visiting.

offensive gesture brazil infographic

Feel inclined to let your Brazilian co-worker know they did a great job? Don't use this gesture.

Now, why did I say “used to” for Americans?

It started garnering some enmity for us ever since a 4chan thread started spreading a rumor that it symbolizes white supremacy. The joke caught on and bad groups started using it unironically.

Want to play it safe? Don't use it at all.

 

2. The Moutza

This rude hand gesture is so widespread in Greece, that the government even considered banning it.

It resembles a “talk to the hand” gesture in that it's simply an open palm extended toward the receiver. To make it doubly offensive, a person can smack one palm against the back of another and extend both hands.

offensive gesture moutza infographic

Be wary about where you face an open palm in Greece.

It originates from the Byzantine Empire when criminals were hauled across town on donkeys to be humiliated. Citizens would collect cinders and smear them across the wrongdoer's face to amplify their shame.

The Greek word for cinder happens to be moutzos – hence the name.

 

3. Inward-Facing Peace Sign, AKA “The Forks”

If you happen to be traveling to the UK or the Commonwealth and order two beers, be absolutely careful as to which side of your hand is facing the bartender.

forks gesture churchill

It seems that the US is the only former British colony that doesn't see this as an insult.

It's the equivalent of an American middle finger.

 

4. The Fig Sign, or Mano Fico

In several former territories of the Roman Empire and in Slavic cultures, the Mano Fico is meant to resemble a woman's private parts.

In antiquity, the Roman Paterfamilias (head of the family) would make this sign during the Lemuria Festival to fend off evil spirits. The fig was also associated strongly with fertility, which explains the link.

offensive gesture fig

The Fig Sign was fun in ancient times, but not anymore.

Nowadays, it's a way to rudely deny a request.

 

5. The Corna

Americans use it to rock out in concerts, but elsewhere this sign is a dangerous insult.

Similarly to the Fico, the Corna is a rude hand gesture in former Roman territories – Mediterranean countries such as France, Greece, and Spain. It's also met with disdain in Mexico, Portugal, and Brazil.

offensive gesture corna

Traveling abroad? Don't encourage others to rock on.

From the Latin word for horns, it conveys cuckoldry. It tells another man “I'm sleeping with your wife.”

 

6. The Dog Call

In the Philippines, this rude hand gesture is so bad that it could get you arrested.

dog call infogrraphic

This is considered extremely offensive in the Philippines – never use it.

By beckoning someone over this way, you're essentially saying that they're no better than a dog.

 

7. Crossing Your Fingers

In the United States, crossing one's fingers is a positive sign. It means that you're wishing luck upon yourself or another.

offensive gesture crossed fingers infographic

In Vietnam however, it depicts a woman's genitalia. If you point it at someone, it's as good as calling them the c-word.

In Vietnam however, it depicts a woman's genitalia. If you point it at someone, it's as good as calling them the c-word.

 

8. The Five Fathers

By pointing your index finger into the five fingers on your other hand, you are implying that the other person has five fathers.

In other words, you're implying that their mother is promiscuous.

five fathers gesture infographic

Really, why would you even need to use this?

It's considered a rude hand gesture in Arabic countries and some Carribean nations.

 

9. The Cutis

This is done by placing the tip of your thumb in your mouth while the rest of your fingers are pointed upward. Then, you flick your thumb forward.

cutis infographic

This gesture is rather specific, but it's best to play it safe and refrain from it entirely.

In India and Pakistan, this is used as a rough equivalent to “screw you,” except that it's slightly worse. Not only is it meant for one person, but their whole family.

 

10. El Tacaño

“Tacaño” literally translates to “cheapskate” in Spanish. When people in Mexico and South America want to refer to someone as such, they will point their forearm up and rub the bottom of their elbow – el codo.

tacano infographic

If you're in a Hispanic neighborhood and catch this gesture around you, you might want to loosen up on your spending habits.

It's no surprise, then, when stingy individuals are often referred to as “muy codo.”

 

Summary – Rude Hand Gestures

  1. The A-Ok
  2. The Moutza
  3. The Forks
  4. Mano Fico
  5. Corna
  6. Dog Call
  7. Crossing Fingers
  8. Five Fathers
  9. The Cutis
  10. El Tacaño

Though some gestures are rather specific and easy to avoid, others are just as easy to miss. Pay attention to your hands when you travel, and you might just save yourself a world of embarrassment.

Want to learn more? Check out my article on body language etiquette.

 

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