Discussion in 'The Pub' started by crambone, Mar 24, 2015.
I just read this, kinda interested.
Every hand signal means something offensive in Australia.
no wukkin furries maaaaaaaaaate
Reminds me of the time my dad cut off a trucker...trucker blew the air horn and gave my Dad the Jack off motion...
My Mom said 'Oh Look Dave, he knows he was wrong...he's waving at you.'
It's a gesture that came from the early part of last century that whilst the rest of the world recognises as meaning "everything is ok" in Australia it means exactly the opposite. ie "everything is not ok".
It is thought the reason for this vast cultural difference is the vague resemblance the gesture has to a an empty can of beer held in the hand with the ring pull facing up.
Holding an empty can of beer in Australia is a source of great shame and embarrassment, that can only be rectified by immediate replacement with a new, full can of beer.
The only reason for an Australian to "thumbs up" another Australian is to indicate that the supply of fresh beer has in fact run out. Therefore everything is most definitely not ok!
No. Thumbs up means 'All OK' here, as well as the rest of the world.
Too bad the source isn't put in the originating post, I would love to see where this kind of stupidity comes from. Alex Jones perhaps?
Ok, I get it. So, in other words, since Australia is the land down under... A thumbs up is actually a thumbs down.
in our fast paced world the meaning of said hand gesture has morphed over time from meaning "get a dog up ya" to "schweeeeeeeet"
And just so everyone knows, I am not so gullible as to believe something from a Yahoo story. Hence why I came here to find out.
Yea it is backwards from USA cause when they flush toilets swirl backwards when flushed and it is cold in summer.
That Alex Jones remark is more than tacky.
I am drowning in knowledge here....
How so? He usually spreads moronic information. "Info-wars" inferring that everything is a false flag? Tinfoil hat brigade swallows everything he comes up with.
As for the 'up yours' finger gesture, we use the middle finger just the same as everyone else, or the 'V' if the person we're trying to offend is French*
* The 'V' (Middle and pointer finger, outward facing) is a legacy from England/French wars. In medieval times there was a bounty on the fingers of French archers, so the English would cut the 2 fingers off any POW archers so they'd be unable to string a bow. The English would then taunt the French with the two fingers gesture.
When I was a kid, in Southern Ontario, the thumb thing was a rude gesture (although 'thumbs up' was ok..go figger) and 'flipping the bird' as you Americans call it i.e. the middle finger, was absolutely unknown in my little world.
Cultural naivety is a marvellous thing.:
In China, the "thumbs up" gesture is an insult, about like flipping the bird here.
Anything you can do with your hand is obscene somewhere. I knew a guy who collected obscene gestures from around the world. Some of them are pretty funny.