Tell ‘Em Off: Derogatory Hand Gestures From Around The World
“The Telegraph” , a British newspaper, has published a book showing rude hand gestures from around the world. Flipping the bird doesn’t translate across the globe, so if you plan on traveling this is a good way to know how to tell someone off. They are all very interesting.
Moutza: In Greece, if you extend your hand toward someone, palm out with your fingers spread.
Idiota: If you want to call someone stupid in Brazil, hold your fist against your forehead, and make an exaggerated overbite.
Five fathers: Pinching the tip of your index finger with all five fingers of the other hand tells people in Saudi Arabia that you think their mother had several sexual partners.
—Corna: The “hook ’em horns” or heavy metal devil horns gesture means “your wife is unfaithful” in Portugal, Spain, and Brazil.
—The Write off: Touching your fingertips together, and making a V with your hands in front of your belly button tells people in Greece you’re ignoring them by . . . pointing to your genitals, basically.