Around the World in Hand Gestures: A Video Guide

From greetings to graphic insults, NowThis News explores the many signs we use to communicate. 

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"Today, we may be more likely to move our fingers across a tablet than turn the pages of a book; to swipe a card, press a button, or enter numbers onto a keypad than turn a key," Jen Doll writes in this month's issue of The Atlantic. "Yet when it comes to gesturing, certain outdated motions endure." Some hand gestures are ancient -- the thumbs up dates back to the Roman coliseum  -- and pretty much universal. Others mean different things in different cultures, as we discover in this video from NowThis News. A sign of agreement in one country can mean something unprintable in another. 
 

Read "Survival of the Finger: The Evolution of Hand Gestures" here

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