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Naughty Things to Do With Your Hands in Korea

November 14, 2013

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How many LOOOONG time Nasties here now? Remember when we were filming in our first apartment in Korea, back in Bucheon? Do you remember this really old video of ours explaining Korean Hand Gestures?

Whoa, that’s an old video. So, we’re not going to talk about the hand gestures for politeness. We’ll make you suffer and watch that old video. Buahaha! Oh man, we were so uncomfortable on camera back then. I can’t even watch that video it’s so slooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwwww. We’re far more shameless now. And Martina looks so…professional in that video! Now she is happily pink haired and channeling 80s rock bands. Ah…where did we go wrong?

Anyhow, there are just a few more hand gestures that we want to talk about. The first is a fairly self-explanatory one, the Perpendicular Forearms of DOOM! Oh? You don’t know it by its name? If you visited Korea before, and you aren’t Korean or Asian looking, you probably have seen people do it to you when they want to say that they don’t have something in stock or that they’re not open. They’ll cross their arms in order to say no. Not sure why they just don’t say no, and why the arm gesture is necessary, but you’ll see it in Korea a lot and we often chuckle about it. We chuckle about it but it has become part of our normal hand gesture movements now. So even when two foreigners are talking to each other, we’ll often throw up the huge X sign without even knowing it. It gets rather embarrassing when you visit back home and you’re throwing up X’s to unsuspecting people just to say “no”. Do you want whipped cream on your hot chocolate? “NO thanks!!!! *giant x*” Slowly creeps away…Korea will change you man.

Another gesture we wanted to mention was how the typical handshake has changed in Korea. The placing of the left hand on your right wrist or forearm for politeness (which we actually mentioned in our old hand gesture video) is awkwardly used when shaking hands with someone. This is something I really had to teach my students to not do. Shaking someone’s hand is something people don’t really do in Korea, they usually just bow or do a polite head nod. But if they’re meeting with foreigners, especially in a business situation, the handshake hand might have to happen. But it often comes out with an awkward left hand place on the the right arm while hand shaking. It’s like the polite drink pouring meets the polite object giving mushed into a handshake. If you’ve lived in Korea you’re totally used to this, but if you aren’t from Korea and someone does it to you it gives you a kindof weird first impression, like you’re caressing your own arm or closing up in fear. Even for us when we shake hands with someone in Korea it’s hard to break that habit because we don’t want to insult them by NOT including the hand but then again, it was never supposed to be there to begin with. So we’re kindof in a sticky situation! For some of you that have met us before in Korea, we 100% did the awkward pigeon head bob of “nice meeting you” that comes with living in Korea (and I’m sure Japan) for a while.

On the cuter side, you might notice the way Korean people pose for pictures includes a lot of hand gestures. There is the “V” with your fingers that looks like a peace sign but it doesn’t actually mean peace. I heard it’s V for Victory kindof stolen from manga and anime posing after a victorious battle but I’ve also heard lots of other stories to explain it. One that might seem baffling is what I call the hamster pose. You put your hands into fists and jam them up against your cheeks like you’re trying to dig out secret nuts and seeds. ლ(╹ε╹ლ) It’s called “BuWING BuWING” 뿌잉뿌잉 and although there isn’t a “W” in that word you kindof of say it quickly so that it sounds like “BOOINGBOOING” or “BuWINGbUWING!”. I personally can’t break the habit of using as many hand gestures as possible when in photos because, gosh darn, it just makes them look so much more fun even if it makes me look like an idiot. Note the attached photo of me looking like an idiot.

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It’s supposed to be a very cute gesture but I theorize it is popular because many young Korean people like to cover their cheeks when they take picture in an attempt to make their face look smaller. This bizarre “my face is so big and your face is so small” concept really confuses me because Korean people have lovely small faces. Yet I’m so often said to have a small face…and they jam their fist into my face to prove that indeed, my face is the size of a fist. Oh OH we totally talked about that YOUR FACE IS SO SMALL fist to the face along with the ORRRRIIGOOOONNALLLL hand slapping gesture that Simon learned from his students in a different TL;DR!! If you haven’t learned about those two, you can view it here.

So that’s it for some of the gestures we’ve seen. If you can think of anymore that we haven’t mentioned please share in the comment section! Also, I want to know your country’s hand gestures as well because there are so many that overlap and so many that are TOTALLY different!

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  1. Pulling on your eye like that- minus the tongue- means “mon oeil” which pretty much means I don’t believe or I call bullshit.

    2 years ago
  2. You know how people (idols) will make L’s with their fingers and then place them on their chins? That means “lesbian” in ASL (American sign language). It makes me giggle. And proof: http://www.signingsavvy.com/sign/LESBIAN

    3 years ago
  3. MY FACE IS UNEVEN!!!!!!!!oh Martina. I remember that tldr.

    3 years ago
  4. I think what SooZee said is correct because when I watched Level with Me Nicole talked about doing that tongue nose thing to get rid of the pins and needles when you legs fall asleep:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NtT5cgd2UuM

    at the 9 minute mark

    3 years ago
  5. That’s something we want to look into more before we talk about it, but it’s a really interesting topic, for sure. We just read something where, supposedly, Korea has the highest debt per person, or something like that?

    3 years ago
  6. None of your comments were deleted? :3

    Btw, next time you want to give a tip…don’t use capslock :p

    3 years ago
  7. My friends and I make a heart with our hands and hold it up to our chest to show that we care about each other! We also do a “hang loose,” symbol which is keeping the finger next to the pinkie and the middle finger folded while the pinkie and index stand out and the thumb just does it’s thing. People do that a lot in photos, idk if it is just a west coast US thing but I see it in photos all the time.

    3 years ago
  8. When I went to Africa they also did the same handshake you described above. We were told it came from an old custom to show you were coming friendly and that there was no weapon in your other hand. Is this maybe the same in Korea?

    3 years ago
  9. OOOOOOOOOOHHH. SO THAT’S WHAT THAT MEANS. This is so enlightening. I’m korean but grew up in the US and when I was a little kid I was practicing sign language that we learned at school. I showed my dad some letters without really explaining to him the context and when I did the sign for the letter “t” (which is the thumb btwn two fingers) he shot me down saying never do that again. At the time he said it’s like the middle finger in korea. But now I understand :O

    3 years ago
  10. Something I saw in Japan and Korea is putting the peace or “V” sign in front of your mouth. Girls do it to be cute, but I wanna tell them it means that they are “eating out” a girl…… please stop, it makes me cringe.

    3 years ago
  11. The funny think with Korean giant X is I do kinda the same thing but smaller version – just with my palms, and that giant X when someone is really stupid not to understand the smaller one! LOL
    …but I have no idea if it’s a common gesture or it’s just me doing that (I’ve been doing it long before I got into KPOP as well as nodding while greeting ppl XD)

    3 years ago
  12. Greek rise a relaxed fist with your point finger sticking up in class not the open palm~^^

    3 years ago
  13. oh and this too~^^

    3 years ago
  14. It’s called “figa” in Russian too! ;P
    I explained what it means above~^^

    3 years ago
  15. In Russia it’s done as a reply to when someone asks you to do smth or to give him/her smth, and you do not want to do/give that to that person (but not with srtangers lol) like in “Nah~ I’m not doing it/do it yourself”
    so it’s nothing bad! ;P
    And I ALWAYS do it with my family/friends! Gotta be careful if I ever come to Korea! Lmao

    3 years ago
  16. Its the same in Malaysia. My cousin once did it by accident in the markets when we were with Grandma, and she got told not to do it, especially in the market. Apparently it looks like a ladypart/boypart? lol. :p

    3 years ago
  17. I actually the gesture use in this picture for france means Ok or perfect in France too

    3 years ago
  18. Really? That’s interesting… In my country you either raise your hand ( show all 5 fingers ) or you use the peace sign.

    3 years ago
  19. Hm… I hope i describe it well…
    So, in Croatia:
    ¤ the middle finger means the same insulting thing ( f*** you )
    ¤ the hand gesture which, Laura Pinto mentioned in a comment , means the same thing as the middle finger ( and some people may use the middle finger instead of the first )
    ¤ when you rub your thumb with your index and middle finger, it’s like a sign for money
    [ example: ” My grandmother is comming tomorrow ” *does the gesture* – I basicly told you that she’s going to give me money]

    ¤ the thing Simon and Martina did with their eyes and index fingers is like mocking the person next to you that they lost and you won something
    ¤ when you form your hand into a fist with the thumb up , it’s basicly good ( similar thing is when you make a circle with your thumb and index finger and the rest of the fingers are stretched-out -> it’s like ” ok ! / good ! ” )

    ¤ when you form your hand into a fist with the thumb down, it means “fail ” in a way
    ¤ the peace sign means peace…I guess…
    ¤ when the palms of your hands are open and you shrug with your shoulders, it means ” I don’t know ”
    ¤ there is a motion with your hand and chin : if you move your hand down your chin ( kinda like an old man is going with a hand through his beard ) – it means something along the lines of ” (it’s) a piece of cake ”

    [ example: a friend asks me how my exam went and i do that motion, it basicly means that it went smoothly ] – you do it once thou…
    ¤ there’s the fingers-crossed gesture
    [ example: *does the gesture and mumbles or thinks* ” please don’t ask me , please don’t ask me, please don’t ask me ,…” ] – i used it alot back when i went to school…

    That’s all i can think of…

    3 years ago
  20. I saw that country doesn’t count the same way with their hands.

    look here for the explanation :http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finger_counting#Cultural_differences
    and there for the picture : http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compter_sur_ses_doigts

    3 years ago
  21. In Norway(and most likely elsewhere too) the pinkie-only gesture is used to degrade or imasculate men. It means things like they have a small penis, they’re weak or cowardly. Tell that to the guys that go round banging their lovers and telling their friends about it afterwards 8)

    3 years ago
  22. Wait; seriously? o_O

    3 years ago
  23. Martina, that photo of you is so cute!! And lawl at “Nani nani boo boo” ><

    3 years ago
  24. Amber’s buing buing is my favorite xD
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjQ1EnTpgOg

    3 years ago
  25. My cousin from Mexico points up her index and pinky fingers (folding the other fingers down) and throws it back while saying Cuernos (horns). Is that kind of the same thing?

    3 years ago
  26. This could come in handy if you travel to Mexico again.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=II8R2FT2Dws

    3 years ago
  27. Ahhhhh now I know what the hand eye pull gesture means :)

    3 years ago
  28. Kim

    my mum told me the finger crossing in vietnam means vagina

    3 years ago
  29. Hi Simon and Martina. I know this is a totally random question but I was wondering, do you get calls from tele-marketers? Here in Australia we tend to get at least one a month :p Sometimes the calls are from foreigners, sometimes from other Ausies. So what is the tele-marketer situation like in Korea? and if you do get calls from them how do you deal with those calls?

    3 years ago
  30. I’m a big fan of the z-snap. I have this mental image of Key doing it after he pulls off a sweet dance move.

    3 years ago
  31. oh I dunno if that’s actually true in any place, but I think (JUST THINK) that in Russia when you pull down your lower eye lid (?) and make like a >_> face it’s like “please…” like you know “oh shut up stawp talking bull” sort of annoyed sarcastic sort of gesture/face. Also that’s super random and not really related (I actually wonder if there’s something similar in Korea) but you know how Italians are “known” (stereotyped?) to hold their fingers together while they talk? In Israel that’s the gesture for “wait just a second” I remember when I moved to Russia and did that to my friends instead of calling out “wait a sec!” they would totally ignore me and I’d be like “wtf maaan? I gestured you to wait!” and they were like “wut?” so yeaaa. Is there a similar gesture in Korea? I know that same gesture means a bad word in like Thailand or Singapore… *doesn’t know her gestures well*

    3 years ago
  32. My dad uses the OK sign a lot. And then he went on a business trip to Brazil. It was kind of awkward…

    3 years ago
  33. lol… yeah… I was like “stop doing it! please!!!” rsrsrs… it reminded me of the silly boys at my school…

    3 years ago
  34. OMG my checks hurt from smiling!!! Loved this video, needed it today, one long hella of a day ><

    3 years ago
  35. At my high school (in the US), when you experienced something awkward, you would tug at the front of your shirt (just with two fingers), like it suddenly got warm in the room and you’re trying to fan yourself, I guess? I never saw anyone do this outside my school, and haven’t seen it anywhere since. Everyone else just did the Awkward Turtle.

    3 years ago
  36. I was going to mention that one :D

    3 years ago
  37. Bbuing bbuing started from Krystal I think in high kick 3 ^^

    3 years ago
  38. I have a question for the next TL;DR. What’s the deal with the “missing the last ferry” thing in k-dramas? Is this a common excuse for not coming home at night and thereby implying one was out “hooking up”? – Just curious…
    BTW. The touching tongue nose thing was taught to me at a very early age to get rid of pins and needles when my foot would fall alseep. It’s as Korean a fan death!

    3 years ago
  39. ORIGINAL!

    3 years ago
  40. it’s a “manlier” version of a heart. It’s the same as this

    3 years ago
  41. Well,in my country (i’m from Italy) we have a veeeery big gestuality colture! We use hands and finger’s motion for every kind of situation, especially when we use our dialect (i’m from Apulia, guess u have an idea lol). This is such a funny thing,i think, and a person who have a trip here, can even avoid to know the actual lenguage!

    You can make an idea, watching this picture XD

    3 years ago
    • That’s gorgeous ** hehe maybe we could be kindred some how XD

      3 years ago
      • HAHAHAH it would really be! XD i live in a small city and some how i have cousins everywhere! XD
        like “oh so she is your mother? oh! my mum and your are 34235th cousins! WE ARE A FAMILY! I WILL GIVE YOU A KIDNEY CUZ U ARE MY COUSIN! ” and i always be like “yeh…oookay..PLEASE LEAVE ME ALONE.”

        HAHAHAH

        3 years ago
        • HAHAHAHAHHA that sounds like a joke XD but here is the same XD or that kind of situation,when your mum or grandma says “aaah i know about Maria who..”
          “Maria?isn’t her the second’s-grade cousin of the best friend of the sister-in-low of the uncle of the youngest sister of TINA?!!! ”

          and then, you should consider yourself luky,if your grandma remember WHO THE HELL IS TINA! cuz if she don’t remember,the story will keep going on! and then, “tina” will beh,somehow, the Charlemagne lost twin.

          3 years ago
    • Hahaha the pics are funny~^^
      We have some of those with the same meaning!

      3 years ago
  42. waving your hand back and forth in front of your face to signify “no” “thats not it” etc…
    in north america seems like i’m saying “it smells bad”
    i think its mostly used in japan, is it used in korea?
    i picked up the gesture from my international friends and from watching a lot of drama. but when i use it in american company i get weird looks lol

    3 years ago
  43. I haven’t come across any of those hand gestures that are in the video. They are all completely new to me. At least I know what they mean now hehehe. I can’t think of any out-of-the-ordinary hand gestures that I know of but when I see people posing in pictures with the reversed peace sign, I think they’re swearing at me lol. I don’t know if that’s a swear gesture anywhere else but in the uk you do not wanna hold up a reversed peace sign.

    3 years ago
  44. lol japan uses the X thing too, and i’ve been doing it at people in america like hella cuz i find it so obvious in its meaning….. plus it’s just fun to whip out an extreme over the head X and be like NOOOOOOOOO at your friends wwwww

    3 years ago
  45. Oh memories… about the time you guys started making videos I started getting into Kpop. I remember that vid :D

    3 years ago
  46. It is really interesting to compare your older videos, to videos that you are doing now. It’s like comparing apples to…..something else.

    3 years ago
  47. That hand gesture you’re using at 5:17 means @sshole in ASL if you put it to your chest. I thought it was pretty hilarious to see Martina saying @sshole so happily!!!! ;P Keep up the most awesome work you guys!!

    3 years ago
  48. In France the thing you did with your eye is like “are you kidding me?” or.. I don’t know but kind of stop telling me crap maybe ?
    For exemple your friend tell you something that you know it’s wrong, you can tell him “Mon œil !” (literally “my eye”) while doing the gesture ^^
    I don’t know if this is just my mom but I think everyone know this in France ?
    Sorry I don’t know if what I’m saying is clear ;_;

    3 years ago
    • yes it can mean “yeah …… right ! “in a I don’t believe you way

      3 years ago
    • Yup exactly ^^
      (btw, you’re french ? :3)

      3 years ago
      • Oooh yeah cool, a French Nasty~ :3

        3 years ago
        • I think there’s a bunch of us… Of course we’re more obvious in the “3 days in Paris” post!

          3 years ago
        • Yep I think too, but sadly I don’t read enough comments to really know.. I think I remember many people left comments on instagram when Simon & Martina were in Paris because they didn’t see them etc ^^

          3 years ago
    • we do that in Quebec too ^.^

      3 years ago
      • Oh really ? I didn’t know :O
        I think I saw they do that too in Poland, it’s surprising because I thought it was only in France haha
        But it cool to know it, thank you ^-^

        3 years ago
  49. While I wasn’t around when you posted the Korean Hand Gestures video, I did watch it when I first found you guys like two years ago…whoa almost three. I’ve literally scene every apartment you’ll have had. Anywho, my Korean co-worker was attempting to explain that one to our co-workers a few weeks ago. Our office is the meeting of three cultures so we love to share differences. We have Korea, Mexican and American employees in my office alone. The rest of the company is even more divers.

    The other gesture with the hand under the arm when paying. The owner of the frozen yogurt place I frequent always hands back the change or cards back this way. Always makes me think of you guys when she does this.

    Now these naughty gestures, hmmm outside of dramas the only place I might end up seeing them one is the Korean store or restaurant I go to.

    Let’s see a gesture to share. In Mexico if you see some tapping on their elbow it means they are calling you or someone else cheap or stingy. For some reason I can’t remember any naughty ones.

    There is this one as well, it’s not used by everyone but my friends from Juarez, Mexico use it a lot and so do I. If two or more people are talking and someone says something you agree with you gesture your index finger up and down in agreement. Rest of the fingers are in a fist like position and you bend the index finger up and down. Gosh I hope that made sense.

    3 years ago
  50. it is the letter t in american sign language…

    3 years ago
    • True but when you hand spell in ASL you hold you hand more upright than if you do “I got your nose”

      3 years ago
  51. The touching the tongue then nose thing is actually true. In neuroscience, we learnt that when your foot turns numb, rubbing your tummy and patting your head can help as it transfer the attention of the nervous system. So I assume it is the same with the korena thing.

    3 years ago
  52. There’s this arm thing that B.A.P did in killing camp, where one of them was on all fours and then three others got around him and made like….a left and right motion with their fists, but there forearms were straight out…I have no idea what that means, and i’ve been trying to figure it out for the longest..

    edit: If you feel like it, it’s at like 1:06
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNkw0dDt61w

    3 years ago
  53. In our country, when we are saying that we dont lie, we pool on our top teeth with the nail of the biggest finger :D

    3 years ago
  54. Is the moving your shoulders up and down thing to say I don’t know used in Korea? I’m just curious because I would end up using it with knowing it.

    3 years ago
  55. North America

    The scissors both hands hitting each other, sign for girl on girl sex. Putting your tongue between your fingers in a backward peace, sign for Oral sex. I’ve seen people do Fuck you in ASL(American Sign Language) even though they are not deaf. Hand facing toward your body, figures touch under chin with open palm, and then flick your hand forward.

    I do the biting thumb thing. Like from Shakespearean times, “Do you bit your thumb at me sir?” but that’s just to my friends who know what it means.

    3 years ago
    • You’ve probably seen people doing that motion when they’re not deaf because it’s an Italian thing. I’m guessing it went like this: Once upon a time, there was a deaf person, and that deaf person was Italian, and one day that Italian deaf person met someone they thought was an idiot, and started making that motion. All the other deaf people said, “Ooohh, I like that. Let’s do that.” If there were a hand gesture Olympics, the Italians would always win.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVfW-IU2jAc

      3 years ago
    • Shakespearean insults are the best kinds of insults.

      3 years ago
  56. I know only a few hand gestures ^_^
    From what I know is that we do have hand gestures like talk to the hand.
    Put your finger up in the air: I know what to do or I have an idea.
    Waving your hand in front of your nose: It smell’s bad.
    I love you:
    http://www.lifeprint.com/asl101/images-signs/i_love_you.jpg

    But in the Netherlands we do it more with expressions actually.

    3 years ago
  57. “The eye pull down” thing, we have it here in Turkey, too. With the exact meaning :D

    3 years ago
  58. SLAP ‘EM!!

    3 years ago
  59. haha, Whats with the horse noises when Simone made the Girrafe??!!

    3 years ago
  60. ohhhh thanks :D

    3 years ago
  61. This was great. The only one I recognized was the eye pulling down and sticking out the tongue thing. The other gestures I have yet to see before… weird…

    AS FOR A Hand gesture for where I’m from! (Minnesota)
    It’s the polite two finger wave while driving.
    Since your hands shouldn’t leave the steering wheel but you want to say hi to your neighbour as you pass them on the street while driving.. Or someone on the road! Or the mailman! Or you want to let some one in or something. (Really it’s probably used way too often…or i’m just over imagining things here) you just put up your pointer and middle fingers and maybe wave ’em once? It is often accompanied by a head bob of sorts as well.
    weird Minnesotan thing… (i bet it used else where but I like to claim it’s Minnesotan, don’tcha know).

    3 years ago
  62. actually this particular scene of this drama was how 뿌잉뿌잉 got really popular
    4:17 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqsEv7IzTBk

    3 years ago
    • Oh my god. This is the first time I’ve seen a drama with a laugh track. Omg that’s so funny.

      3 years ago
  63. actually this particular scene of this drama was how 뿌잉뿌잉 got really popular
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqsEv7IzTBk&t=4m17s

    3 years ago
  64. Can you a tl;dr about social classes in South Korea? Also does SK have any welfare system in place and is there a high poverty rate.

    3 years ago
  65. In Norway, when you show your little finger, it’s like “Throw your d*ck over the fence and pee.” I usually did it to dare someone as an younger… I can’t come on more now… maybe I do it later…

    3 years ago
  66. Lol I do the “X” thing with my arms all the time cause I watch waaay to many animes and dramas. Another thing I have picked up from them is waving my hand sideways in front of my face to disagree. It’s hard to explain a hand gesture….anyone know what I’m talking about? haha

    3 years ago
  67. gaaah! I was lied to for a long time in that case! I was told it was meant to “prevent bad luck” or “thank your lucky stars you got out of a situation unscaffed” …. Thanks for clarifying this mystery in my life aahaha.

    3 years ago
  68. hi Simon & Martina love your videos & blog but I was wondering if are you going to upload the shinee interview thanks xx

    3 years ago
  69. What about that hand cringing they do on variety shows when something too cheesy or cursi is said? They even slap their hands to get the back to normal? what is that all about?

    3 years ago
  70. haha i laughed so hard about the pinkygesture XD but actually the second thing you did with the thumb and pinky to your face means in austria “lets grab a beer/drink” or “wanna have something to drink too”. you will often see people doing this in a club or at crouded places. so please touristkoreans dont get offended by that :-) we only want to drink beer hahaha

    3 years ago
    • In Peru it means that too… but is not exactly the same gesture, for us you wouldn’t put your hand on your face instead you would just shake it a little… kind of like the gesture u make when u hold a pint of beer

      3 years ago
      • For us we keep our hand away from our face all together, more like from pinky down u flip ip up… I don’t know how to explain it… I wish I knew how to make gifs so I could show it T.T

        3 years ago
        • In the Netherlands we just act like we hold a glass and twist it quickly a few times towards your mouth, like you would do if you were drinking something.

          3 years ago
      • argh im sorry im posting this from my phone and it keeps looging me in and out. sorry i just wanted to put up ONE picture.

        3 years ago
      • yes we shake it too :-) but we dont put our pinky to our forehead. i tried to make a picture but yeah it looks kinda funny in that frozen position. :-P

        3 years ago
  71. In Brazil The act of hitting the right hand closed on the open palm of the left hand means something like “you F****d up” ;A;

    3 years ago
    • Hmmm… I’m brazilian, but I use it differently. Instead of “you f***ed up”, I kinda use it more like “you’re f***ed”, specially when trolling people over their failures. Like, a brother getting scolded, you do that.

      3 years ago
    • hahaha in Croatia as well! When you associate a name with it or say “your mom” “your sister” “your wife”, etc…it means “I F*** that person from behind”… cringe…

      3 years ago
    • True! I hadn’t realizes that, when Simon did it, but it’s true!!! … and also in Brazil, the middle finger going through the palm of your hand GENTLY means I want to F**k you

      3 years ago
  72. I grew up in an Italian immigrant neighbourhood and wiping the back of your hand under your chin and outwards towards someone is the equivalent of the middle finger, much more expressive though….and easier to pretend you weren’t doing it when your Mom notices….eheheheh……

    By the way, lately the blog posts have been even more interesting than the videos. Not that the videos aren’t great, but thanks for giving me TWO great funny and informative things to enjoy on the same(ish) subject ^_^v

    Hahahaha! About a year ago, my son started doing the “X” with his arms when he didn’t want something. I knew what he meant but I wondered where he got it from since he doesn’t watch anime – hah! too much Eat Your Kimchi! LOL!

    3 years ago
  73. Well, in England, we have the V sign where we do the peace sign but with out palms facing to us and the back of our hand facing the people. This means ‘F*** You’ and is used quite a lot in light hearted jokes~ I’ve also heard of putting up your pinky finger and that means F*** You as well but that might have been a joke when I was little :)

    3 years ago
  74. Oh and here is an awesome derp face! :P Sorry guise..had to share.

    3 years ago
  75. In Argentina we pull down our eye too, but for us it means “be careful what you do because I have my eye on you.” My mom would do that to me when I was little and getting too rambunctious.

    We also do one where we touch all our fingertips together and wag our hand up and down. It basically means “what the hell are you saying?” That one is pretty rude, so you should only use it with your friends.

    3 years ago
  76. “SCREW YOU JESSICA ALBA” O_O AHAHAHAHAHHAHAHA!!!!

    in Bangladesh the thumbs up sign means you call someone a frog, and it’s a really bad thing to do!

    3 years ago
  77. In the UK the backwards peace/victory sign is rude, like the middle finger pretty much. Kpop idols do it all the time though.
    Taemin, that’s a rude gesture! Lol.

    3 years ago
    • I always cringe when idols do this. I’m American, but I’ve been chastised in England before for ordering ‘two’ plates of something that way. My English buddies told me it was because it was a way back in the day to mock people. As punishment, archers would have their fingers cut off. So when someone flashed two fingers it meant “I got my fingers and you don’t so f*** you!”

      3 years ago
    • This picture is particularly great because of the happy expression on his face. I’m mentally adding, “F*** YOU!! TEE-HEE!”

      3 years ago
      • Taemin the evil maknae

        3 years ago
        • are we really the only country that finds this rude? 0.0 I know its somehow connected to cutting arcers fingers off in olden day battles and stuffs

          3 years ago
        • In america (or at least texas) you’re considered a weirdo for throwing up a peace sign in a picture, but nope, its not at all offensive

          3 years ago
    • oh yeah! I remember being so confused when I first got in to k-pop. I was like ‘why is everyone swearing at me?’ lol

      3 years ago
    • You just ninja’d my post, haha! The UK’s forwards ‘victory’ V sign supposedly comes from that photo of Winston Churchill during the Second World War, when he used it to say to the British public that we would win.

      I think now the backwards one’s becoming less common as more people from different countries where it means something different learn English, but definitely in the UK and I assume in Ireland too… yup. I do a small giggle inside every time I see a K-pop idol or other figure use it to say ‘Look at me, I’m awesome!’. Also, Martina you don’t look stupid, it’s a very aegyo photo and I love it <3

      3 years ago
      • I thought it came from the wars in middle age, where the British and the French had different kind of bows: the British shot with these two fingers, and the French with… their middle finger. So, the British would show two fingers to significate they still had arrows, and the French would reply by showing their middle finger! But since the British won, I don’t know why it’s the French way that went global ^^

        3 years ago
        • Yeh was the Battle of Agincourt, the French would cut off the first finger of captured Longbow men, so they couldn’t shoot their bows, the two fingered salute was “Fuck you we can still kill you!” …. what a geek lol

          3 years ago
        • ^ Maybe that’s why Churchill made his V sign forwards instead of backwards, if it’s been an ‘eff you’ for so long :-) I just tried typing this into Google and there’s an entire Wikipedia page about ‘the finger’ xD http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_finger

          3 years ago
    • Omg when I first saw pictures like this I was like “stop swearing at me!” lol

      3 years ago
    • I’ve seen that with someone saying “toss off”

      3 years ago
    • ahahaha when i first saw an idol doing that i was kinda shocked!!
      but then i came to realise it’s not like that over there!!

      3 years ago
    • The famous “up yours”hahahaha See it all the time in Kpop.

      3 years ago
      • Yep, that awkward moment where it means “up yours” in your own country but you honestly had no idea… So you use it like Korean Idols do… Needless to say no one looked at me the same again and most wouldn’t accept that I seriously had no idea T^T So many friends lost that day…

        3 years ago
  78. The gesture you’re doing with the nose, in my country (Spain) in you do it like an L talking about a guy, it means he’s tall but has a small member. But, if you’re doing it the other way, like a gun, that means he’s short but big size.

    3 years ago
  79. The Ok sign here in Brazil, kinda means (free translation) to “Go *uck Yourself” (in Portuguese: Vai tomar no cu)!!!

    3 years ago
    • Really?? OMG I have to remind myself no to do that if I ever go to Brazil.

      3 years ago
      • Don’t worry, we are very laid back here. Probably, you’ll get some giggles out of the person you’re talking to. I would not advise you to do so with an angry face, nonetheless!!! Where are you from?

        3 years ago
        • Portugal!!! That’s why I was surprised. I’ve read another hand gesture thing you guys do, you do have a lot of stuff.

          3 years ago
        • We do and I think because we had a lot of Italians coming to Brazil in the early 1900s … We talk a lot with our hands!

          3 years ago
  80. WHAT? Ive been doing the “i got your nose” thing with my Korean kindie class for like a year. no wonder they think its so funny. my GOD I feel silly

    3 years ago
    • …….uh okay…. he says it’s not regional, it’s everywhere in Korea and it means sex or “f – you”. He says it’s worse if you do it to old people, sooo at least you are only doing it to children!

      3 years ago
    • I’m just waiting for my husband to get home to check if it’s a regional thing. Maybe it’s just down South! haha…

      3 years ago
  81. There’s also the toothache pose, where they just hold their jaw/cheek to hide it.

    3 years ago
  82. This is the greatest thing I’ve read all night. MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY PALM TREE! “We are lesbians, you know you want it, youuuuuuuuuuu!!!!!!!!”

    3 years ago
  83. This was hilarious! Hahahahah! :D Great stress reliever and now back to my godawful assignments. @_@ #lifeofaunistudent

    3 years ago
  84. If a person in Holland is suddenly waving their hand next to their ear, it means the food was yummy. :) Also, if you ever happen to go back to the middle ages, if you flick your thumb on your front teeth, it means fuck you! We did this a lot in drama class, lol.

    3 years ago
  85. I was not at all prepared for that hand gesture that involves mothers, I had a mouth full of liquid at the wrong time & ended up spitting it all over my female cat Elphaba with she did not appreciate. I know we use this hand gesture in Australia & I think it may be used all over the world, you make a fist, stick your little finger out, curl it around & then wiggle it this means a man has a little penis ( can I say that word on here )

    3 years ago
  86. the thing with the eye! in poland, you do this gesture to let someone know that you know that they are lying to you

    3 years ago
  87. This is more my fault but my son now repeats the na na na boo boo

    3 years ago
  88. The level of aegyo-ness in Martina’s picture is too damn high!!! *faints from aegyo overload*

    3 years ago
  89. So, I recently learned one hand gesture used in Brazil that means something bad but I was innocently using it as something good o_o ok, let me explain: you know the “OK” sign, right? when you touch your index finger with your thumb, just like Lee Hyori’s U Go Girl dance. Well, I thought it also meant “ok” in Brazil, even though I’ve never seen someone here use it, so i’ve been giving the “ok” sign for 4 years I think. Buuuuuuuuuut a few weeks ago, due to a scandal (??), people started trolling using this sign. The index-thumb touch means anus. I DIDN’T KNOOOOOOOWWWwwww TT.,TT

    3 years ago
    • This hand gesture got really popular lately when a sex tape went viral with the same hand gesture suggesting… well, what it means.

      3 years ago
    • Bya

      Yes. As a brazilian, living in Sao Paulo my whole life I can atest to this: this sign means something really offensive (something bad to happen to your buttocks). But is normally used among friends in a more light way, so if you are among people you know it’s okay… if you aren’t… BEWARE OF BRAZILIAAAN TROLLS BD

      3 years ago
    • I was told it meant telling the person to go have something happen to their anus.

      3 years ago
  90. That’s what I do with my hands when I run. Been doing it for years!! :s

    Good to know, good to know…

    3 years ago
  91. Thank you!

    3 years ago
  92. Here (Portugal) we have a sign that basically means “Suck it!” (watch the image below). If you turn to someone and do that, it can be insulting if you don’t know them or are in bad terms, but it can also be friendly if it’s with your friends when you win a game or something. it depends on the way you see it. Basically, it’s like the middle finger. Oh, and the guy in the image is a symbol of the portuguese working class and that mocked the powerful. The move is called the “Manguito” and his name is Zé Povinho.

    3 years ago
    • In Argentina it also means “de aca”, it’s similar to the portuguese meaning.

      3 years ago
    • That means something similar in Croatia too…Basicly ” suck it ! ” or ” f*** you! ” or “screw you! ” .
      It is also like the middle-finger…
      But when you’re talking to friends ( let’s say, about a teacher which really annoyed you or angered you ) and mention what you were thinking in that certain situation and do this motion, it means that you basicly wanted to insult your teacher but kept your mouth shut. In such situations, it’s only insulting to the subject of the conversation (because, obviously, your friends get that you are not insulting them).

      3 years ago
    • It means the same in Brazil, but we call it “banana”…

      3 years ago
    • Ross didn’t do that. He hitted is fists together twice. I do that all the time to my friends when I’m mad at them. Some of them get it, others don’t. That’s the joy in it.

      (this was the best image I could find)

      3 years ago
    • Zé Povinho is the man! Hi to portuguese nasties! <3

      3 years ago
    • yeahhhhhh Zé Povinho is the man! Hi to portuguese shawols! <3

      3 years ago
    • Manguitos 4ever!!!!!!!!!

      3 years ago
    • MmM

      It always makes me laugh when this comes up in choreography. It happens in Mirotic. :P

      3 years ago
    • Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro. It became a symbol of the “common people”, it’s still used frequently when satirising the political elite.

      3 years ago
    • I usually combine this one with the middle finger, to be sure to be understood anywhere :-p

      3 years ago
    • That means exactly the same thing in my part of the US.

      3 years ago
  93. What the? Why didn’t Soo Zee tell us about this!

    3 years ago
    • Ask her! Go do it and say “Got your nose!” and do the sign.

      3 years ago
      • I asked her! She wasn’t familiar with it, but then she thought about it for a bit and said “oh yeah!” so it took her a while to process. But you’re right :D

        3 years ago
      • She’s not in the studio now (it’s 1AM!) but we’ll ask her tomorrow when we see her :D

        3 years ago
        • Nev

          Man, thats a nightmare, I always do that with my thumbs. just cos. Will hope SZ says its not popular .

          3 years ago
        • It is bad one…

          3 years ago
  94. I know that in Greece we have this really specific one that basically means “f*ck you” or “you moron”: if you have your hand open (like showing the number 5) and palm-forward and you quite rapidly move it towards someone’s face, often simultaneously shouting “NA!”. See video for demonstration:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pt9W09dnYNQ

    It’s really commonly done. You mainly see it when people are driving, actually. Also, when someone says something really stupid it gets quite fun because you can make a joke out of it: put your hand in front of their face, fingers closed (like you do when you’re using your hand to imitate talking) and tell them “fisa” (which means “blow”). When they do, you do the gesture, screaming “NA!!”

    3 years ago
    • Lmao, I live in Greece, but I’m not Greek, so I didn’t know that! :P
      …and my name is… Maria -___-
      Seriously, when I first came to Greece I thought everyone was calling for me (it’s like every second girl’s named Maria here! :S while “Maria” isn’t a very common name in my country )

      3 years ago
    • I’m Greek and I still laughed at this!! :D

      3 years ago
      • I still laugh at ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’ XD That movie is a goldmine!

        3 years ago
        • Hahaha…. This movie portrais the Greeks perfectly!!! Especially the ones living abroad… My Greek uncle has been living for years in Australia, and he is too funny!!! He calls the laptop “η κομπιούτα μου”!!! Hahahaaaaa…. Oh, by the way, nice seeing some Greek Nasties here!! XD

          3 years ago
        • I was about to say, this makes me want to go watch that movie again (I still have the VHS tape). Especially with the Greek music in the background.

          3 years ago
        • I still have the VHS too!! lol Although I don’t even have a VHS player anymore…

          3 years ago
    • auto tha elega! :D

      3 years ago
    • OMG I laughed SO hard watching this! NA!!! Anyone named Maria, “NA!!!”

      3 years ago
      • “NA!” Basically means “Here!”.. Just thought I should add that. The main point is the gesture.

        3 years ago
      • Hilarious! Thanks for sharing!

        3 years ago
      • Somehow I have a terrible feeling you’re now going to unleash this on some unsuspecting Koreans.

        I have done nothing. I’m innocent, I tell you! INNOCENT!!

        But if you have time and you found this funny, I seriously recommend the movie ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’ :) I laugh so hard every time I watch it.

        3 years ago
  95. Also, Shout Out to all fellow long time Nasties who remember the polite hand gesture video! :D (Whats that Martina? TOP has a new single soon? When? Where? I need moar infooooo)

    3 years ago
  96. Haha – why is this only in NSW? I think this applies to a wider range of guys – WA for example! haha

    3 years ago
  97. In my country, pulling down your eye thing means “WATCH YOUR BACK BECAUSE SATAN IS OUT TO GET YOU IF YOU MESS UP” so no pressure..xD

    3 years ago
    • Really? A stretched eye says all that? Where I’m from it just means “Keep talking, I don’t believe you”!

      3 years ago
      • Hahaha yeah it’s basically a threat to watch your back. This thread is so interesting xD

        3 years ago
  98. I don’t know if this is in all of the US, but in my particular area, the eye pull down thing is a little more rude than just a “Ha Ha!” gesture. Here the meaning is much closer to “F*** you!” It is kinda playful though and used between good friends, so I would say it is more rude than just “ha ha”, but not quite as rude as giving someone the middle finger.

    3 years ago
  99. The hand gestures are the most difficult habit to drop when you come back home! In Cambodia I took the habit of saying “thank you” while joining my hands, imagine the face of the cashier at a French supermarket when I thanked her like that! I also kept the habit of handing money with both hands for quite a long time, I had the feeling of being rude every time I would take it in one hand.

    3 years ago
  100. I actually did see that video of polite hand gestures before! But the weird thing is that I saw it while looking up Korean etiquette, and I had never seen your channel before. A couple of months later, I watched your KMM and after a few videos, I started browsing through your other videos and found the etiquette one! I completely did not recognize you at first >.<

    Anywho~ It's nice to see this topic revisited. The naughty gesture where you touch your thumb to your mouth and your pinky to your forehead is really close to the ASL symbol for beer (at least, from what I remember). Awkward…

    Perpendicular Forearms of DOOM! is really similar to what my cousins and I would do as teens to let each other know that we were horrified that they would even suggest such a ridiculous/stupid idea. An awesome face went with it. We should start doing that again and see if we can get a trend going.

    3 years ago
  101. NASTYYYYYYY

    3 years ago
  102. I’m watching this instead of finishing a paper for my AP English class due in about…seven hours. Oops~

    3 years ago
  103. woohoo! <3 first again?

    3 years ago
    • Ha! That’s two in a row now :D

      3 years ago
      • VICTORY!

        3 years ago
        • *bakes you a cake shaped like Spudgy* Here. I made this for you. :D

          3 years ago
        • T-T I’m eternally grateful but I could never eat the Spudge!
          I also thought of a hand gesture, I’m dutch and when you’re eating something and think it’s yummy/delicious, you can put your hand next to your head, palm open and facing your head and wave, kinda like you’re waving hello to your ear. Generally you go “hmmmmmmmm!” *^^* in the process. No idea if in other countries people do this as well, but so far my foreign friends hadn’t heart of this yet.

          3 years ago