“V Sign”

'Um, sir? You just told the entire population of London to go screw themselves'Source: The top 10 hand gestures you’d better get right

The “V Sign

The age-old ‘V sign’ comes in two formats: one with the palm faced outwards, and one with the palm inwards. In America the two hand signals mean the same thing – ‘victory’, as popularised by Richard Nixon, or ‘peace and love’, which seemed to become the primary meaning after anti-Vietnam protesters used it during the 60s.

However, if the outside of your hand is facing your target, you’re giving somebody a long-established insult in Great Britain and many English-speaking countries such as Australia, Ireland and New Zealand.

Winston Churchill famously (?notoriously) used the ‘incorrect’ version of the V sign during the early years of the war, switching round later when he’d been told by his advisors that he wasn’t exactly giving the lower social orders a positive message.

The V sign is also considered rude in Italy, especially if you place your nose between the two fingers, making the gesture resemble a crude vagina.

I myself have almost seen a fight start as a result of an American tourist ordering drinks in an English pub: when asked how many pints he wanted, he simply stuck two fingers up and looked straight into the eyes of the barman – perfectly normal on the other side of the Atlantic (it’s actually the signal for the number 2 in American Sign Language), but it’s fighting talk to the British.

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One Response to ““V Sign””

  1. Gail Says:

    The V sign used by teenagers today and by many of their role models is more in the style of a scissors and never points directly up but rather to the side. The palm facing the signer
    I am trying to establish if this hand gesture often done by Justin Bieber for example would be offensive in today social media or purely seen as an expressive gesture with no intended meaning.

    I would be most grateful for your opion or if you could perhaps advise me of any other expert in this field.

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