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What does this gesture mean?

Asked by sweetsweetstephy (338 points ) March 21st, 2011

I am reading a book and the character mentions a rude gesture, the “thumb protrudes between clenched fingers.” What does that mean?

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12Oaks's avatar

Sounds like a “T” in sign language.

troubleinharlem's avatar

I think it’s supposed to be like a clitoris.

janbb's avatar

I believe that’s the Italian gesture for “fuck you.”

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

Rude gestures usually mean “fuck you” or “fuck off”.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

Perhaps if you share the book, we could help you more?

MissAnthrope's avatar

Scroll down and check out number 8.

Scooby's avatar

I thought it meant “UP YOURS”! sheash!! :-/

sweetsweetstephy's avatar

It was described as “the fig.” The book is Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky.

blueiiznh's avatar

Fig sign is a gesture made with the hand and fingers curled and the thumb thrust between the middle and index fingers, or, rarely, the middle and ring fingers, forming the fist so that the thumb partly pokes out. In some areas of the world, the gesture is considered a good luck charm; in others (including France, Greece, Russia, and Turkey among others), it is considered an obscene gesture. The precise origin of the gesture is unknown, but many historians speculate that it refers to female genitalia. In ancient Greece, this gesture was a fertility and good luck charm designed to ward off evil. This usage has survived in Portugal and Brazil, where carved images of hands in this gesture are used in good luck talismans.

Kardamom's avatar

I always thought that meant I got you nose.

SeaTurtle's avatar

In Greek culture it is used as an insult. (I think it refers to one having a small penis)

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