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2001-12-07 01:15:09 PM  
What part of the world does my middle finger mean?
2001-12-07 01:22:19 PM  
wonder what this means in France.
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2001-12-07 01:23:16 PM  
"There is little or no casual touching. The only exceptions are that good male friends may occasionally pat the other's back, close relatives may put their arms around another's shoulder, and good female friends may occasionally hug when greeting each other after long intervals."

Women in NYC regularly greet each other with a kiss on the cheek. Are we 1. too friendly? 2. eurotrash-wannabes? 3. all lesbians? I don't know. I also don't care.

Just wanted to point that out. I hope my first attempt at HTML ever worked.
2001-12-07 01:25:43 PM  
One more them: what the heck is a "hook 'em horns" gesture? is it related to the "ROCKIN'!!!" gesture?
2001-12-07 01:37:02 PM  
When drinking in a pub, pick up your change after you pay for your drink. If you leave it there, as you might in the United States, would imply that you are leaving a tip. Tipping is not extremely widespread in British pubs.

yet anothing reason to move to the UK...not having to tip in the pub
2001-12-07 01:39:47 PM  
"In social situations, men will usually rise when women enter a room."

Well duh... Oh, I guess they mean, stand up. Weird.
2001-12-07 01:59:49 PM  
Gestures to avoid in America: banging someone elses girlfriend.
No one ever worries about offending the Americans.
2001-12-07 02:00:41 PM  
What, you mean I'm supposed to tip in the pub. Thats why the bartender always shouts fark you when I leave. IMO INS doesnt do a good enough job of explaining these things to us foreign farkers.
2001-12-07 02:06:15 PM  
For the U.S.,

"Waving 'hello' or 'goodbye' is done by extending the arm, palm facing down and waving the hand up a down at the wrist joint."

Yeah if you're a fag.
2001-12-07 02:14:39 PM  
This site is full of shiat.
2001-12-07 02:16:54 PM  
You know...I bet someone just made up that website to embarrass us when we travel. I can just see me making some of those gestures to the waiter while all the locals sit back and laugh.
2001-12-07 02:17:02 PM  
I never heard of tipping in a pub before. I often tip the waitresses at restaurants or delivery folks.
2001-12-07 02:20:16 PM  
should you tip the bartender for opening your bottled beer?
i mean i understand tipping for mixed drink. but for opening your beer!!
2001-12-07 02:26:20 PM  
Gwinny: "Hook 'em horns" Is to represent a longhorn, hence it's use at the University of Texas football games.

Tht guestures for America aren't totally right, different areas do stuff differently. For instance, most people here to wave hello or good bye simple raise thier hand up and down.
2001-12-07 02:29:25 PM  
tipping the bartender is common practice. i usually tip when im leaving after suckin down my share.
2001-12-07 02:55:54 PM  
In Paraguay it says, "The 'O.K.' gesture, with thumb and forefinger forming a circle is considered rude. "

In Brazil, this means FARK YOU. Done that while eating in a restaurant, with food in my mouth, to tell the waiter the food is good. He took great offense!
2001-12-07 03:00:14 PM  
What? Who would tip someone in a pub?
I've worked in many pubs/ bars, and I enjoyed pulling every single last drop of the golden beverage. When people offered me tips, I refused telling the customer that "I DO IT FOR THE LOVE OF THE SACRED DRINK MAN, WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOU?".

Pouring is pleasure, spillage is punishable by death.
2001-12-07 03:00:48 PM  
i'm english i wasn't aware that tipping in pubs is
"extremely widespread" ..not at the bar anyway.
2001-12-07 03:02:36 PM  
Good to see the v-sign represented in the U.K. section. Another tip for Americans travelling in England is, when in any fast food 'restaurant' after about 9.30pm (and we all know how you love your fast food), do NOT, under any circumstances, even glance at a woman if she is accompanied by a man. If you do commit this colossal faux pas, the chap in question will ask (about an inch away from your face) "Are you lookin' at my bird"? The only appropriate response is to flee (as it's always, always a rhetorical question), or endure a twelve hour wait for your stitches in one of our criminally under-funded hospitals.
2001-12-07 03:09:38 PM  
I only tip the bartender if she/he gives me free drinks.

Half of that is bologna. I french all my girlfriends when I see them. J/J
2001-12-07 03:15:53 PM  
Disco Stu- is that true about glancing at a woman?
2001-12-07 03:16:38 PM  
Women kissing each other is fun. But rare in Maine.
I often use the term "European with his/her spacing" to describe weird people that get too close up.
2001-12-07 03:28:04 PM  
I can't tell... are they taking the piss or not?
"The signal for victory, is to make a V sign with your two fingers. This also signals the number "two" in Bulgaria."

Wow, you can SIGNAL the number two?!?!
2001-12-07 03:30:52 PM  
A tip for Brits travelling in America: Never, ever, ever, ever use the term "Naw-meen." How the hell did you guys go from "Do you know what I mean" to "Naw-meen." And don't act like you dont say that shiat because those farker from Oasis say it at the end of EVER sentence. We hate that. Oh and our sweet ass hospitals dont accept your "national health insurance" so dont even try.
2001-12-07 03:40:50 PM  
I wonder how many foreigners think it's acceptable to put their hands on another man's ass here. All the quarterbacks do it.
2001-12-07 03:43:58 PM  
What does it mean if a man pulls his penis out and start jerking off in front off everybody in Zambia?
2001-12-07 03:45:52 PM  
"Perhaps the most offensive gesture in Ireland would be to refuse to buy a round of drinks in a pub when it's your turn to buy."
This is why every night out at the Pub in Ireland ends
in a brawl.
2001-12-07 03:47:35 PM  
From Ireland:

Perhaps the most offensive gesture in Ireland would be to refuse
to buy a round of drinks in a pub when it's your turn to buy.

No? Really?
2001-12-07 04:31:05 PM  
My husband and I use the V sign with British undertones all the time. (we're from Louisiana) It is hilarious to do this to someone who has no idea what it means, the looks that cross their face as they try to decide if it is insulting or not is beyond funny.
2001-12-07 04:33:36 PM  
"..When dining, many Americans are taught to keep the left hand in their lap and eat with the right hand..."

But..i'm...left handed..oh god, i've been doing it all wrong this entire time....i feel so dirty..but nothing can clean me now...
2001-12-07 05:33:31 PM  
Note to foreigners in the U.S.: Tipping in an American bar is a *very* good course of action if you are planning on being a regular there. The quality of service will show, and is worth 15-20%. If you're not planning on coming back, then fark it.
2001-12-07 06:02:34 PM  
Omar_Sharif: is that true about glancing at a woman?

Yes that's true. Also, don't EVER look at another mans kebab. EVER.
2001-12-07 06:15:06 PM  
Not tipping your bartender, especially in a resort, or tourist town, will get you either a dirty cup next round,if you can get another round,a short pour, or a very long wait for a drink. On the other hand, a generous tip will ensure that you are remembered, a heavier hand on the pour,and a better time all the way around.Remember, your bartender is your friend, a very powerful friend.
2001-12-07 06:41:33 PM  
"There is little or no casual touching. The only exceptions are that good male friends may occasionally pat the other's back, close relatives may put their arms around another's shoulder, and good female friends may occasionally engage in light petting when greeting each other after long intervals."

was this guy drinking or fantasizing when he wrote this?
2001-12-08 12:25:49 AM  
Not that anyone will care, but I had two female Japanese friends over the other night, and I was cooking dinner for them. One of my friends was being nosy to see what I was making, and I made the "shoo!" gesture to her - forgetting in Japan that that is what you do to tell someone to come closer to you. That little gesture always provides humor between Japanese and American people. *heh*
2001-12-08 01:56:42 AM  
Wow. In Uruguay, it's considered rude to place your hands on your hips and do "pelvic thrusts" to everybody in the room one at a time starting at the person closest to the main entrance and going right.
2001-12-08 03:25:52 AM  
Giving someone a teabagging is equivalent to saying "Uganda", according to the title.

-he who stacks pork
2001-12-08 04:11:04 AM  
Too much movement for my tastes. A slight nod is enough greeting for me, occasionally with a light "hey". Waving goodbye? Peace sign with "peace out in tha nine-five homey!" Go away? "Get the fark away from me," while aiming a loaded weapon at the offender. Want to play a game? Gesture the motions of holding the system's controls, optionally moving thumbs and/or fingers. Detect a police officer? Sniff the air a few times, comment on the smell of a pork product. In Canada? Insult their currency, but be sure to mention the abundance of good food and hot chiXX0r.
2001-12-08 10:52:11 AM  
I heard in France the middle finger doesn't mean squat...their equivalent is like putting the tip of the thumb to the lips or something like that.

-she who got an A+ in French
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