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Q: Does flicking people off have any meaning in China?

If not , is there a Chinese equivalent ? Just curious

9 years 30 weeks ago in  Culture - Shanghai

 
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Well, I'm sure that many people know what it means, especially out of the younger generations. They might not be truly offended by it though. Kind of like how they find swear words in English interesting. I don't know if there is a Chinese equivalent.

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I was told once that making a fist, and placing your thumb between your forefinger and middle finger, so it sticks out a little is the Chinese equivalent of flipping someone the "bird".

Also while I am on the subject, the western  "shame on you sign" where you point your fore fiinger at the offending party, and stoke the end of the finger with your other forefinger has a Chinese equivalent.

In China they stroke their cheek with the forefinger in a downward motion, to mean the same thing.

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I think flipping the bird specifically is an american thing (maybe canada too?). In the UK... they give a backwards "V" sign... palm facing in to mean the same thing. I believe. 

I did find this when searching for obscene hand gestures in China (but this is really all I found): http://www.ooze.com/finger/html/foriegn.html
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The finger isn't understood in much of Asia. If someone holds up a fist and draws his index finger as if pulling a trigger, it means that something is finished or someone's dead. Not real offensive.

In China, the flipping pinkie finger is similar to the bird. (That's all it says.. it doesnt give instructions.

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