Before you take off on your next vacation, you might want to brush up on your sign language. You don't want to wind up insulting a cab driver you're trying to flag down in the pouring rain or anger the waiter bringing you your coffee.
So as you pack up your Lonely Planet guide, you might want to look at our book of the week: Don't Get Me Wrong: The Global Gestures Guide. It will show you how everyday gestures are interpreted in countries all over the world. Hopefully it will keep you out of trouble during your travels.
The first time Churchill made the "V" sign, he got it backwards.
Them someone told him it was like giving an Aussie the finger.
One time i farted in a meican cab, he didnt like it to much, I blamed it on the tacos
In a Mexican cab, who would know the difference?
That someone was probably not an Englishman. Or if he was ,he was someone who had a limited knowledge of English history. During the time of the bowman it was his greatest fear, if captured by his enemy, to have the two fingers used to pull his bow, cut off. Thus when about to do combat with his enemy he would raise his hand ( giving what you call a backwards “V” to taunt his enemy. But then again, a recent pol indicated that close to 30 percent believed Sherlock Holmes was a real man.
Really, 100% of teaparty members still believe Sarah palin is the smartest republican....
When you ask for TWO of anything anywhere in Europe, you show it as in the video, not the V sign, and especially not in Serbia, where V means U for Croatian Ustashe. Similarly Serbs have a Three Finger salute, which you just don't wave around in Croatia, for any reason. And as far as Bush Horn sign, that is no Texas Longorns. That is a sign you give when you want to curse someone.
thats almost a pooh hiku
There seem to be no end of angry, hateful, mean gestures. Why don't we have ones for "Oops, I'm sorry," or "please," or "Thank you." I believe those universal gestures would greatly reduce road rage. Just a thought . . .
That's the best thing I've read all day. But it's early...
We already have that, first make a fist, then stretch out your middle finger, outwart side facing to the person you want to, thank. beg or apologize to and voila your done....
There is! And MORE! Its called international sign language.
You know the way you rub your hands in winter to warm them up.... put your hand together like that but don't rub - that gesture is used in part of India and Pakistan to apologize or simply show humility (e.g., when praised.)
dude we do the same thing here to show respect towards GOD! you know that thing called Praying! ;)
obvious you have never been to to the movies in Mexico. Really really stinky!!
I work at a multiplex part-time. Smelling seats is a hobby. It is great on date night after the 8 showing. Ahhh
All this political correctness is making me ill.
If the Italians don't like the gestures they use in Texas, they can stay in Italy.
Umm, they were in Italy. Bush was in Italy, too. It's really not that hard to understand the spoken word.
no duh, hes trying to say that cant everybody be offended be everything Obviously somebody that is not from a particular region of the world is going to know what all offends each person. But the gesture was clearly for another purpose and if it was taken the wrong way then o well u cant please everybody
urs truly. Learn how to compose English sentences before you post. You must be from Texas.
Yep, It's a wonder European's hate Americans. Maybe the bad attitudes?
i'm pretty sure the reason europeans hate americans is a bit more complex than that. of course, personally, i've never met someone who disliked me because i was american. and i've met my fair share of europeans...
Europeans smell like cabbage anyway, who cares if they hate Americans. Besides, I think Americans like being hated anyway, its kind of a kinky fetish thing for them, turns ‘em on you know.
No joke this can be a real problem. When I am traveling in far away pieces i make it my business to know a few essential sign. An otherwise I keep my hands down. I see several commenters who should just stay home.
I'm with you, bvilleyellowdog! It's easy to get in trouble in the US if you don't know your way around and make a wrong turn. If you can do this in your own country, where you know the language and the customs, just imagine what can happen in a foreign country if you make an insulting gesture.
I've been all over the world, speak several languages and know a lot about different cultures. No matter where I go, the locals tend to treat me like a friend and often make it a point to tell me their personal horror stories about "ugly Americans", and always wonder why I'm so different from "those people". I make it a point to tell them that "those people" are the exceptions, and that most of us are really like me: friendly, respectful and interested in other people and cultures. I only hope that they don't read boards like this or they'll think I lied.
but you did lie.
There is something wrong with the hands in the image. The fingers are way too long.
You're RIGHT! I didn't notice it until you said something, but those fingers are FREAKISHLY long!!!!!
and the index finger has four fingerbones, I think this book is written by aliens for aliens...
Stop it... it wasn't meant to be erotic.
Slow news day, huh?
Two in the pink, one in the stink is a pretty universal hand gesture.
Uh guys.... hello? Does this entail a news article or the selling of an Amazon.com book. Of course certain gestures in backwards USA mean other things elsewhere in the world. We use toilet paper. duh. Besides if they don't understand our gestures that makes them wrong, am I not right? We are the greatest country in the world, therefore if they don't understand us well... Scr#w them.
yep I'm redneck thank you very much.
Yep, we could tell.
A quick fix for this for immigrants in America:
Why don't immigrants learn what these hand signs mean in America before getting all upset over our more complimentary signs. It's kinda like learning English before immigrating to an English speaking country, only far easier.
So this "story" is just an ad for a book?
yes a book about finger banging and seat sniffing
If you ate my pink taco, ur farts wouldnt smell bad
No thanx i dont like fish
He said your vagina smells like fish @Pink taco
Its cause i hide cans of sardines up there, its dark and warm
puking be right back
i like it in the butt to
For your information, in China as it is in Taiwan, the thumb & index sign is 7 and not 8. Need to straighten that !
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