You’ve nearly been run off the road, your heart is about to implode and the fear of death is rapidly being replaced by an inexpressible hatred for the greasy haired driver of that silver BMW now speeding away. You’re grandmother in the passenger seat screams, “Fucka Yu!” in her Japanese accent but that’s just not enough. Sometimes words just aren’t enough. So she does what any Japanese grandmother with a hot temper would do, she rolls down the window, sticks her fist out and proceeds to extend her middle finger. She strains her finger so far back that you worry she might actually break her own hand.
“Ring, ring” you see your friend’s number and pick up. But as you raise the phone from the cup holder to your ear, Grandma screams once again, “Fucka Yu, dammit, bastad, shit!” her middle finger now extended far above the roof of the car.
Embarrassed, you put the phone to your ear and say, “Hey David, none of that cursing was directed at you.”
Rude Hand Gestures
There’s something about the middle finger that really drives any point home. Few sensations are more pleasurable for the giver and more angering for the receiver. It’s arguably one of America’s most beloved rude hand gesture and one of the best things to come out of the good ole USA. But the middle finger doesn’t have the same effect everywhere.
In fact, the rude hand gestures of the world are as varied as the cultures from which they originate. A seemingly harmless and affable gesture in the west, such as the “A-OK” sign, can actually be offensive in many other cultures.
In order to both avoid inadvertently offending others and getting you’re point across when you need to, below is a great info-graphic by Just The Flight, that explains some of the most gratifying and lewdest hand gestures from around the world.