Re: (SC22WG20.2166) International gestures - help needed

From: Jim Melton (
Date: Wed Jan 28 1998 - 12:22:13 EST

Arnold (et al),

I have been told, and have read in a book whose name I don't have in my
head right now (but will forward if/when I recall it), that the gesture is
considered somewhat obscene in some Latin American countries, Brasil being
particularly sensitive to it.

This is an awkward thing for me, as I am a scuba diver and that sign is
universally used in scuba to indicate "OK" (that the diver is safe and not
having problems) --- when I was diving in Brasil in December, I learned
that the diving community there has just had to accustomize themselves to
this sign but new divers in Brasil sometimes giggle nervously the first few
times they use it.

The book I mentioned above is titled something like "Dos and Taboos Around
the World"; I'm fairly certain of the first words and less of the remainder.

Sorry the news isn't simpler,

At 08:04 28-01-1998 -0500, Winkler, Arnold F wrote:
>This is an unusual request on these lists, but I know that some of you
>will have an answer to the following question:
>We are planning an advertisement that would show a person making the OK
>gesture (thumb and index finger in a circle with other 3 fingers
>straight). Could this be misconstrued as a vulgar gesture in some parts
>of the world?
>Is there a listing of what gestures are appropriate?
>Your input is very much appreciated.
>Thanks and regards
>Arnold F. Winkler - Standards Management
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