Rude Hand Gestures

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“Depending on where you are, a thumbs up could just be a sign of approval. But in some countries, this refers to an action in the nether regions, and is meant as an offense. Visitors should note that to add insult to injury, the thumb can be jerked upwards.”

World travelers trying (not) to offend might benefit from looking over the manual Rude Hand Gestures of the World. Learn how to communicate “I desire a romantic exchange” in Jordan, “That’s bullshit” in Brazil, “You are a dickhead” in the UK, and so much more.


Lisa Dusenbery is the former managing editor of The Rumpus. More from this author →