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17 Hand Gestures That Are Banned In These Countries For Being Obnoxious

Hand gestures are used by everyone while talking. Sometimes, these gestures forms the bases of indications while other times we use them as slang in order to talk to our peers. While in some countries, certain gestures are used to greet or have a conversation with some people, whereas those same gestures would be considered rude or abusive in other places around the world. 

If you had no idea about this, make sure you use these guidelines so that you don't make mistakes when you're talking to people next time. 

17 Hand Gestures That Are Banned In These Countries For Being Obnoxious

17 Hand Gestures That Are Banned In These Countries For Being Obnoxious

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1. Chin Flick

1. Chin Flick

The gesture of a chin flicking is mostly used in Belgium, Turkey, Italy and France as a means of saying 'get lost' or simply saying 'no' depending on the conversation you're having.

2. Idiota

2. Idiota

Used in Brazil and is a simple way of putting your fist on your forehead to ask the other person 'are you an idiot?'.

3. Five fathers

3. Five fathers

In Caribbean or Arabic countries, the symbol of five fathers literally means, 'you have five fathers' or 'your mother is a slut'.

4. The V sign

4. The V sign

You can't go around in England flashing the V sign because it means you're asking someone to 'f**ck off'.

5. Moutza

5. Moutza

In Pakistan, Africa and Greece, the Moutza sign can mean anything from 'To hell with you' or 'I'm going to violate your sister'.

6. Cutis

6. Cutis

Biting your thumb in most parts of Pakistan and India can mean somebody is trying to insult your family.

7. Forearm jerk

7. Forearm jerk

Used during games like soccer and can translate to saying 'f**k you' to the opposing team.

8. Crossed arms

8. Crossed arms

In Finland, it is considered as a sign of arrogance if someone crosses arms in front of you.

9. Corna

9. Corna

In Spain, Portugal, Italy and Brazil, the Corna sign means that 'your wife is being unfaithful'.

10. Tacano

10. Tacano

Banging your elbow against the palm is used very often in South America and Mexico to mean, 'you're stinking'.

11. Fishy smell

11. Fishy smell

Although many people use this gesture to say that something is smelly but in Southern Italy, it can also be used to indicate you don't trust somebody or something.

12. Fig

12. Fig

In Indonesia, Turkey and Russia, putting your thumb between the first and middle finger indicates you're trying to say 'screw you' in a mild fashion.

13. Crossing fingers

13. Crossing fingers

In Vietnam, using the crossing fingers sign would mean you're trying to insult someone by depicting a woman's genitalia.

14. Thumbs up

14. Thumbs up

Most of us use the thumbs up sign as a way of wishing good luck to another person but in Australia, it is indicated to say 'up your ass'.

15. Slapping your fist

15. Slapping your fist

Slapping your fist against the palm of your other hand, in France, can be used to convey to another person that you want to beat them up.

16. Shaking hands

16. Shaking hands

In Russia, shaking hands before anything important can be considered unlucky. Guess they're a superstitious lot too.

17. Three fingered salute

17. Three fingered salute

Originally this salute can be used to depict patriotism in certain countries but in Thailand, this was outlawed because people started using the symbol to protest against other troops.

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