Re: Hand characters (was: +1/-1 in e-mail comments (was: Emoji: emoticons vs. literacy))

From: John W Kennedy (
Date: Mon Jan 12 2009 - 15:26:59 CST

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    On Jan 12, 2009, at 6:09 AM, Jo dm wrote:

    >> You seem to forget that individual fingers are not just up or down,
    >> their
    >> relative position or angle can be significant : consider the case
    >> of the
    >> well known "V" sign for victory where two fingers are up (from any
    >> hand and
    >> shown front or back), they wouldnot mean the same if they were
    >> parallel.
    > Shown back is a rude insult (having its roots in archery).

    A modern myth. See <

    John W Kennedy
    "The first effect of not believing in God is to believe in anything...."
       -- Emile Cammaerts, "The Laughing Prophet"

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