10 gestures that are confusing in some countries
1. The "A-OK" gesture
In the United States, this gesture of making a circle with your thumb and index finger and holding up the other three fingers is a way of indicating that everything is good or okay. However, in some countries, such as Brazil and Turkey, it can be seen as a vulgar gesture, implying that the person's anus is being referred to.
2. The "thumbs up" gesture
In many Western countries, this gesture of pointing the thumb upward is a positive sign of approval or agreement. However, in some countries, such as Iran and parts of the Middle East, it can be seen as a rude gesture, similar to giving someone the middle finger.
3. The "peace" sign
The two-fingered peace sign, made by holding up the index and middle fingers, is a common gesture in many Western countries, symbolizing peace and goodwill. However, in some parts of the world, such as the UK and Australia, it can be seen as an insult, especially when the palm is facing inward, as it resembles the insulting "V" sign.
4. The "fig" gesture
In many Mediterranean countries, such as Greece and Turkey, the gesture of holding up the hand with the palm facing out and the fingers curled inward (resembling the "OK" gesture but with the fingers curled) is a vulgar gesture, implying that the person is being cursed or insulted.
5. The "money" gesture
In some countries, such as Japan and South Korea, making a rectangle with your fingers and thumbs (like the "OK" gesture but with all fingers together) is a way of indicating that you want to pay for something or that something is expensive. However, in some other countries, such as France and Brazil, it can be seen as a rude gesture implying that the person is greedy or money-hungry.
6. The "crossed fingers" gesture
In many Western countries, crossing your fingers is a gesture of good luck, usually done when hoping for something positive to happen. However, in Vietnam and some other parts of Southeast Asia, the gesture can be seen as vulgar, implying that the person is insulting someone or making a curse.
7. The "forehead tap" gesture
In some African countries, such as Nigeria and Ghana, tapping your forehead with your index finger can be a way of showing respect or acknowledging someone's intelligence. However, in some Western countries, such as the US and Canada, it can be seen as a sign of insanity or mental illness.
8. The "nose tap" gesture
In Italy and some other European countries, tapping your nose with your index finger can be a way of indicating secrecy or that something is confidential. However, in some other cultures, such as the US and Canada, it can be seen as a sign of rudeness or mockery.
9. The "finger snap" gesture
In some Western countries, snapping your fingers can be a way of indicating approval or agreement. However, in some other cultures, such as Japan and parts of the Middle East, it can be seen as a rude or insulting gesture.
10. The "head nod" gesture
In many Western countries, nodding your head up and down is a way of indicating agreement or affirmation. However, in some parts of the world, such as Bulgaria and Turkey, it can be seen as a negative gesture, indicating disagreement or disapproval. In some other cultures, such as India and Sri Lanka, a slight head shake from side to side is used to indicate agreement, while a nod up and down means no.