My dad was first-generation Italian-American, but he died when I was 5 years old. Italians are known for their extensive “vocabulary” of hand gestures, many of which are “rude.” I have found that the Italian hand gestures are genetic. Even though I grew up in the United States, and didn’t learn them, I gesticulate (not ejaculate!) all the time with my hands. Even when talking on the telephone to someone, I will wave my hands around to add commentary!
I love language and culture, and so I thought I’d share a few things about Italian hand gestures.
Endure the ads and watch this funny video tutorial, courtesy of the New York Times.
Also, see this slide show of the Top Ten Essential Italian Hand Gestures.
These are really rude, so don’t look if you are easily offended… Obscene Gestures Of The World.
When I was a kid and people still used telephone books, Yellow Pages had a slogan, “Let Your Fingers Do the Walking.”
So if someone does you wrong, don’t waste your breath. Now you have a whole new “vocabulary” you can use….
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