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Avoid Making These Hand Signals When Traveling Abroad

Melanie Pinola, Gawker Media

Avoid Making These Hand Signals When Traveling Abroad

The chances of accidentally insulting someone is greater when you travel internationally, thanks to differing customs and ideas of etiquette. Even common hand gestures can signal the wrong thing.

Mental Floss has gathered five hand signals that don't mean what you might think, depending on the country you're in. A thumbs up, for example, doesn't mean "good job" in parts of Latin America, West Africa, Iran, and Sardinia-it's more like giving someone the finger. Likewise, the peace sign is not so peaceful in the UK, depending on how your palm is turned, and the okay sign does not mean "okay" in the Middle East, Turkey, Germany, or Brazil.

Before you travel to a foreign country, it's best to review the etiquette and customs, including when it comes to eating. Or, in case of doubt, just to avoid making hand gestures all together.

What Hand Signals Should I Avoid When Traveling Abroad? | Mental Floss

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