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The Meanings Of Hand Gestures Around The World

Hand gestures are a way of communicating with others and conveying your feelings. They are culture-specific and can convey very different meanings in different social or cultural settings.


For example… former President George W. Bush had to face a major faux pas during a visit to Australia. He tried to signal a peace sign by waving the two finger or V-sign at the crowd but instead of his palm facing outwards, it faced inwards. The meaning of this hand gesture in Australia meant he was asking the crowd to go screw themselves!

Therefore, it is very important to understand the meanings of gestures before you travel to different countries.

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