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Some finger gestures make us happy and smile, whereas some makes us angry. These finger gestures vary country to country. But the whole world has become a cross cultural environment. So it is better to understand the meanings of finger gestures to ease our day to day communication.

During our day to day communications, we make many movements by our hands, face, legs, eye and even fingers. Though these movements may vary person to person, but there are many common gestures. These gestures are many a times socially inherited habits and as well as individual habits. All the gestures we make during communication depict our mental state or mood.

Here I will be discussing few finger gestures. Some finger gestures make us happy and smile, whereas some makes us angry. These finger gestures vary country to country. But now the whole world has become a cross cultural environment. So it is better to understand the meanings of finger gestures to ease our day to day communication.

Though the meanings of finger gestures may vary nation to nation, as I have already mentioned; it is really good and helpful to understand the meanings.

Thumbs-Up/Thumbs-Down

Thumbs-up is a sign of positivity, meaning everything is okay and thumbs-down means disapproval or rejection. Many believes that the positive meaning of thumbs-up in the Western countries originated during World War II pilots, addressing the ground crew that they are ready to take off and everything is In order. However, in some countries, including many in Latin America, West Africa, Greece, Russia, Sardinia, the Middle East, and south Italy, thumbs-up gestures are considered as an offensive signal.

Clenched Fist

A clenched fist is a sign of aggression or anger. However, in many army a raised clenched fist is a sign of boldness against their oppressors.

Finger Snap

A finger snap have different interpretations. Some view it as offensive, especially when fingers are snapped close to another’s face. But some American and Great Britain use a finger snap to signify that they have remembered something. Snapping the fingers over and over depicts that the person is trying to remember something he or she has forgotten. In Latin America, a finger snapping means “hurry up!”

OK

OK hand gestures are made by forming a circle with the thumb and index finger, while the other fingers are pointing upward. Americans and British people use this gesture to let someone know things are going great. But some more countries in Europe takes is as a sign of “zero,”. But in Brazil, Germany, or certain Mediterranean countries this sign means “anus” and carries bad connotations with it.

The V Sign

The V sign is formed by pointing up the index and middle finger, Now almost everywhere of the world this gesture is used as a sign of  ”victory” or “peace”

Prime Minister Winston Churchill frequently used this hand gesture meaning victory during World War II. But this hand gesture is seen as an insult in Great Britain, Australia and in some more countries if the back of your hand with V sign is facing the person.

The Corna

The corna is made with the index and pinky finger pointed up with the two middle fingers and thumb curled under. This symbol is at times considered as a satanic signal symbolizing the horns of the Devil. But fans of heavy metal music are very fond of this gesture.

The I Love You Sign

The I Love You sign is made by pointing the thumb, index, and pinky fingers out, with curling the two middle fingers under. This is used as the official symbol of I Love You in American Sign Language.

The Dog Call

This gesture is to curl index finger towards self, as if summoning someone or something.

There are many more. But these are the most common gestures we make by our hands.

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  1. Guy Hogan

    On February 9, 2011 at 9:39 am


    I enjoyed reading this.

  2. coffeeadict

    On February 9, 2011 at 10:36 am


    Well written, and something you wouldn’t find too many artciles about.

  3. Kevin Schofield

    On February 9, 2011 at 10:53 am


    Hi Borhan,

    Really enjoyed reading your article.

    Incidentally, Churchill often mischievously switched his V for victory sign into the more offensive “up yours” sign. He knew it was the sign of contempt made by English archers at Agincourt to show the French that they had their two bowstring fingers intact, and were ready to use them.

    When the French captured English archers they often chopped off their bowstring fingers, for obvious reasons.

    Kind regards,

    Kevin.

  4. Borhan

    On February 9, 2011 at 10:58 am


    Thank you very much Kevin, for your valuable comment and as well as the relevant information.

  5. adicodrean1967

    On April 27, 2011 at 2:25 pm


    nice share

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