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Mergatroyd

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Re: Travel Etiquette I would have never known....
« Reply #30 on: February 03, 2014, 02:55:47 PM »
One of my friends went to italy and made a "rock on" gesture at a man who bought her a drink, and he recoiled in horror. Apparently it's the sign of the devil there??
Rock on gesture is thumb extended with pointer and pinkie finger raised, middle and ring fingers down.

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Re: Travel Etiquette I would have never known....
« Reply #31 on: February 03, 2014, 05:47:27 PM »
I've never heard of a "rock on" gesture.

The man may have missed the thumb. A hand with index & little fingers extended is the Sign of the Horns. It can have different meanings in different areas, but in Italy, can be the sign of a cuckold. That is, "your wife is sleeping around without your knowledge." A man who has been cuckolded is often described as wearing horns.

It can also be used to ward off the evil eye. The man may have thought she was accusing him of giving her the evil eye.

Some Christians believe that the gesture is a sign than someone is allied with Satan.

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Re: Travel Etiquette I would have never known....
« Reply #32 on: February 03, 2014, 05:59:38 PM »
The American Ok gestured is also hugely offensive in Brazil. The closest equivalent would be showing someone the middle finger. However, it does seem to carry a more personal meaning (as in, to a woman, it would mean f.. you directly, to a man, it would refer to his mother).

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Re: Travel Etiquette I would have never known....
« Reply #33 on: February 04, 2014, 12:44:07 PM »
In college I attended a lecture where the professor talked at great length about this topic.  I vowed to just avoid all hand gestures while traveling. 

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Re: Travel Etiquette I would have never known....
« Reply #34 on: February 04, 2014, 12:50:01 PM »
One of my friends went to italy and made a "rock on" gesture at a man who bought her a drink, and he recoiled in horror. Apparently it's the sign of the devil there??
Rock on gesture is thumb extended with pointer and pinkie finger raised, middle and ring fingers down.

That's actually I love you in ASL. When I do rock on I always fold my thumb down because of that, which looks much more horn like. Maybe he knew ASL and was like "Woah, hey, it's just a drink, lets not go crazy"  ;).

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Re: Travel Etiquette I would have never known....
« Reply #35 on: February 15, 2014, 12:05:40 AM »
One of my friends went to italy and made a "rock on" gesture at a man who bought her a drink, and he recoiled in horror. Apparently it's the sign of the devil there??
Rock on gesture is thumb extended with pointer and pinkie finger raised, middle and ring fingers down.
Thios gesture is the devils sign, also in rock culture. What I find interesting is that there are people using it as a rock on gesture without knowing the origins and meaning of the gesture.
Mind you, it is used to ward of the devil, not to worship him, but that is where the sign comes from in rock culture. It was popularized in rock culture by bands who had references to the occult
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Re: Travel Etiquette I would have never known....
« Reply #36 on: February 15, 2014, 04:08:50 PM »
Those people should probably not visit Texas, as that's the Hook 'em Horns sign as well

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Re: Travel Etiquette I would have never known....
« Reply #37 on: February 15, 2014, 04:19:21 PM »
Those people should probably not visit Texas, as that's the Hook 'em Horns sign as well
I'm pretty sure the 'Gim Aggie thumb is also used for a rude gesture in some countries.
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Re: Travel Etiquette I would have never known....
« Reply #38 on: February 15, 2014, 05:46:15 PM »
One of my friends went to italy and made a "rock on" gesture at a man who bought her a drink, and he recoiled in horror. Apparently it's the sign of the devil there??
Rock on gesture is thumb extended with pointer and pinkie finger raised, middle and ring fingers down.
Thios gesture is the devils sign, also in rock culture. What I find interesting is that there are people using it as a rock on gesture without knowing the origins and meaning of the gesture.
Mind you, it is used to ward of the devil, not to worship him, but that is where the sign comes from in rock culture. It was popularized in rock culture by bands who had references to the occult

It was popularized specifically by Ronnie James Dio, who was passing on a warding gesture his sainted grandmother (all Italian grandmothers are sainted, dontcha know) showed him when he was a wee lad.

Thank you, VH1 pop-up videos for that little factoid =).