RE: International gestures - help needed

From: Hohberger, Clive P. (
Date: Wed Jan 28 1998 - 15:12:00 EST

In Brasil, that gesture is (literally) "OK" as long as the hand is held
with the fingers pointing up.

When the hand is held low , especially with the fingers pointed down, it
means "asshole" and if improperly used can result in a Brasilian using
your head as a soccer ball!

Clive, live at SC31
in Rio de Janeiro
From: Winkler, Arnold F
To: Multiple Recipients of
Subject: International gestures - help needed
Date: Wednesday, January 28, 1998 6:54AM


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
Tel: 610-648-2055, (Unisys NET-385-2055)
Fax: 610-695-5473
E-mail :

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