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What's this hand gesture called?

The New BlackThe New Black Posts: 16,738Registered Users
I see it a lot now.

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The peace sign, I know. A-OK, I know. The finger, I know. What's this one?
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  • newcurlynewcurly Posts: 1,310Registered Users
    Hook 'em horns?
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  • OdisseyOdissey Posts: 24Registered Users
    It's called either rock on or hook 'em horns!
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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    It's got various meanings. The Old Italians in my town growing up used to use it to ward off evil...called it Devil Horns. It's one of those ancient hand gestures that has been adapted over and over and over. It definitely wasn't invented by Univ of Texas.
  • PartyHairPartyHair Posts: 7,713Registered Users
    Devil horns

    ROCK ON! (This is what it means for me, and I use it frequently.)

    Hook 'em, Horns
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  • Gemini13Gemini13 Posts: 5,000Registered Users
    Besides the devil horns, I think it's a surfer sign too?- meaning hang loose.
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  • LisaF1163LisaF1163 Posts: 1,079Registered Users
    I think "hang loose" is the thumb and the pinky finger? Not sure, I could be wrong.
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  • Gemini13Gemini13 Posts: 5,000Registered Users
    LisaF1163 wrote: »
    I think "hang loose" is the thumb and the pinky finger? Not sure, I could be wrong.

    Ah yes, I think you're right...
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  • shellibeanshellibean Posts: 4,500Registered Users
    Yes, That is "Rock on" and/or "Hook 'em Horns" (Referring to the Texas longhorns). Hang Loose is the 3 middle fingers bent w/ the pinky & thumb extended.
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  • EilonwyEilonwy Posts: 12,389Registered Users
    It's got various meanings. The Old Italians in my town growing up used to use it to ward off evil...called it Devil Horns.

    I'm pretty sure that in Italy it also represents the proverbial horns of a cuckold, and is an insult comparable to giving someone the middle finger. But that my only be if the palm is facing away from the person making the gesture.
  • JorgelinaJorgelina Posts: 169Registered Users
    Hi, I found this on wikipedia /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fen.wikipedia.org%2Fwiki%2FCorna" class="Popup seems to cover many of the meanings and uses of the horns's gesture.
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  • EilonwyEilonwy Posts: 12,389Registered Users
    Jorgelina wrote: »
    Hi, I found this on wikipedia /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fen.wikipedia.org%2Fwiki%2FCorna" class="Popup seems to cover many of the meanings and uses of the horns's gesture.
    Wikipedia wrote:
    In contemporary Italy, the "horns" are placed behind someone's head, or explicitly pointed at a person (in Italian, fare le corna, to make the horns). The conveyed meaning is that this person, usually a man, is a cornuto, a cuckold, bearing the cuckold's horns. The gesture is used with the same meaning in many countries...

    Maybe RCW's old Italian neighbors didn't like her very much? :lol:
  • ninja dogninja dog Posts: 23,780Registered Users
    What if you touch your heart with your fist first? My nephew did this on stage last week (he's 13) AND I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT IT MEANT.

    (Sorry for the caps. I'm on a new keyboard.)
  • rudeechickrudeechick Posts: 6,726Registered Users
    In my house we called it Shaka - tho we SOOOO might have made them up... but we use it in the hawaiin way - for "its chill" or hang loose.
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  • KookyCurlKookyCurl Posts: 1,980Registered Users
    Though more popular among the heavy and harder rock scenes it's pretty popular all around now. It basically means "rock on" and can be used to symbolize quite a bit. There is also some debate on weather the palm should face out or in. Beware of the improper usage among those who just don't get it and leave the thumb out there hanging thus creating the ASL sign for "I love you." While a wonderful sentiment, to fans it's not quite so rock and roll.

    Appropriate usage would be to symbolize approval (as in "awesome", "kick a$$"), to show solidarity, or to proclaim your love for rock. Though many have appropriated the signal, it should not to be used to salute boy bands or any such teeny bopper type performer. It may however be employed ironically.

    Alternately if you are a TX longhorns fan it is used to symbolize your support for the teams (though I think the fingers should be splayed more).

    When tilted to the side and held up to the ear it loses it's rock significance and just means "call me."

    Hang loose is made by extending the thumb and pinky finger and shaking the fist a bit.

    When the pinky is tucked in and the fists turned so the thumb points up. Then you have the universal symbol for cool. Often accompanied by a slight lean back and a head cocked to the side and the person emitting an "Ayyyyy" sound. Examples: Fonzie.

    eta: it was supposed to be "cocked to the side" the sensors edited it. After reading that article...it's not quite so universal, though one day it may be. It's all part of Fonzie's master plan.
  • shellibeanshellibean Posts: 4,500Registered Users
    KookyCurl wrote: »

    When the pinky is tucked in and the fists turned so the thumb points up. Then you have the universal symbol for cool. Often accompanied by a slight lean back and a head **** to the side and the person emitting an "Ayyyyy" sound. Examples: Fonzie.


    ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    Eilonwy wrote: »
    Jorgelina wrote: »
    Hi, I found this on wikipedia /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fen.wikipedia.org%2Fwiki%2FCorna" class="Popup seems to cover many of the meanings and uses of the horns's gesture.
    Wikipedia wrote:
    In contemporary Italy, the "horns" are placed behind someone's head, or explicitly pointed at a person (in Italian, fare le corna, to make the horns). The conveyed meaning is that this person, usually a man, is a cornuto, a cuckold, bearing the cuckold's horns. The gesture is used with the same meaning in many countries...

    Maybe RCW's old Italian neighbors didn't like her very much? :lol:



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  • badgercurlsbadgercurls Posts: 3,077Registered Users
    Um, so the way I've seen it lately a lot in people's pictures (on Facebook, etc.) is with both the pointer and middle finger extended and close together, the ring finger down, and the pinky out. So I looked it up. Apparently it's called the shocker, and it's very vulgar! (If you're really curious - and not faint of heart - look it up on Wikipedia.)
  • EilonwyEilonwy Posts: 12,389Registered Users
    Hey Eilonwy...

    This is for you...

    "Rock on" to you, too :lol:
  • M2LRM2LR Posts: 8,630Registered Users
    PartyHair wrote: »

    ROCK ON! (This is what it means for me, and I use it frequently.)

    Here too.

    We usually do it with the "Dood, you ROCK!"
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  • cymprenicympreni Posts: 9,609Registered Users
    I just found this interesting article on hand gestures. It's weird to think that some of the most innocent hand gestures here can be insulting somewhere else.
  • shellibeanshellibean Posts: 4,500Registered Users
    Yes, the "shocker" is very popular around here. (the hand gesture- not the real deal...)
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  • Gemini13Gemini13 Posts: 5,000Registered Users
    shellibean wrote: »
    Yes, the "shocker" is very popular around here. (the hand gesture- not the real deal...)

    LOL! I was just imagining someone posting- "yes, the shocker is very popular in our household!" :sign5:
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    cympreni wrote: »
    I just found this interesting article on hand gestures. It's weird to think that some of the most innocent hand gestures here can be insulting somewhere else.

    Interesting... They didn't explain #7, the "V" very well- it's the same as giving someone the finger.
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  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 19,250Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    In my family it's called the mal occhio and is used to curse someone else or to protect yourself from the evil eye.
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  • KookyCurlKookyCurl Posts: 1,980Registered Users
    Um, so the way I've seen it lately a lot in people's pictures (on Facebook, etc.) is with both the pointer and middle finger extended and close together, the ring finger down, and the pinky out. So I looked it up. Apparently it's called the shocker, and it's very vulgar! (If you're really curious - and not faint of heart - look it up on Wikipedia.)

    Had to think on that one for a minute but yes...it's gross. Oddly though if the thumb is out and then held parallel to the body (fingers up) that's the symbol priests use to make the sign of the cross on someone. Usually the other one has the thumb in and is going sideways.
  • EilonwyEilonwy Posts: 12,389Registered Users
    Apparently it's called the shocker, and it's very vulgar! (If you're really curious - and not faint of heart - look it up on Wikipedia.)

    Well it's not work safe, but I don't think it's that offensive.
  • badgercurlsbadgercurls Posts: 3,077Registered Users
    Eilonwy wrote: »
    Apparently it's called the shocker, and it's very vulgar! (If you're really curious - and not faint of heart - look it up on Wikipedia.)

    Well it's not work safe, but I don't think it's that offensive.

    I don't find it offensive, I find it vulgar. Mostly, I didn't want someone looking it up at work, though!
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  • Who Me?Who Me? Posts: 3,181Registered Users
    First of all, do NOT confuse the symbol picture (with the pinky and the pointer figure up) with a hand gesture with just the pinky and the thumb up. The first means "rock on" or something of the sort, and the latter means "hang loose" and is very surfer. So, the former=rock, and the latter=surfer. Very different. :-)

    Apparently the former (the one in the picture) shouldn't have the thumb out, but if the thumb is also out it doesn't really mean anything different (in current pop culture, at least), it's just an incorrect "rock on".

    And neither should be confused with the "shocker", which is indeed very vulgar. It looks like the picture, except also the middle figure is extended.

    Finally, someone asked what a closed fist pounded into the chest means--anyone care to explain that? I'd describe it as a tough-guy show of solidarity/support.
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  • wild_sasparillawild_sasparilla Posts: 4,306Registered Users
    Who Me? wrote: »
    First of all, do NOT confuse the symbol picture (with the pinky and the pointer figure up) with a hand gesture with just the pinky and the thumb up. The first means "rock on" or something of the sort, and the latter means "hang loose" and is very surfer. So, the former=rock, and the latter=surfer. Very different. :-)

    Apparently the former (the one in the picture) shouldn't have the thumb out, but if the thumb is also out it doesn't really mean anything different (in current pop culture, at least), it's just an incorrect "rock on".

    And neither should be confused with the "shocker", which is indeed very vulgar. It looks like the picture, except also the middle figure is extended.

    Finally, someone asked what a closed fist pounded into the chest means--anyone care to explain that? I'd describe it as a tough-guy show of solidarity/support.

    Yeah, it does - most everyone I know thinks of that sign with the thumb out as "I love you." It apparently comes from American Sign Language, didn't know that until someone said so, lol.

    And yeah, the chest pound thing is basically "I feel ya, man" from what I've seen.
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