Speaking Without Words
I am not savvy enough to use hand gestures with confidence. The old thumbs-up is just about the only gesture in my repertoire.
Wait a minute. The thrown kiss is in my bag too. Mmmwaah.
I like the peace sign, also known as the V for victory sign. But my Brit pal told me that if you turn the palm inward you have the UK’s nastiest hand signal. Too big a risk for someone who sometimes wears her shirt wrong-side-out.
I want to look at what I thought was an Italian hand gesture. As a non-Italian kid in an Italian community I sort of ‘collected’ hand gestures. One was particularly interesting to me because it was a little scary.
Some old-country types were seriously afraid of the evil-eye. They used the horn gesture to protect themselves from the old ‘witches’ that could curse them. Sort of a quick draw thing.
Lately I have seen gang-banger types on tv and in photos giving the signal. Then it was explained to me that this is a satanic salute. Homage to the Devil. So now it means just the opposite of what I originally learned it to be. Scusi? Hope the Italians have heard.
So what does it mean when the president of the U.S.A. does it? Ex-pres. I should say. I am pretty sure I know. He is saluting his favorite football team, the Longhorns. Right? Don’t they say something like “Hook ‘em horns!” as their rallying call?
Recently I read something trying to link him to the nastier version of this hand gesture. Ridiculous.
Had to laugh at his little-boy glee in the picture below. I wonder if it was photo-shopped in. Whatever. It is funny.