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Related to my previous post on gesticulation from the post ‘I love McDonald’s’, there are a lot of other interesting examples regarding this topic. As I mentioned previously, as one word can carry different meanings in different countries or cultures, gesticulations or body language differ from culture to culture.

The American ‘OK’ sign, when circle is made using one’s thumb and index finger, normally means good, yes or something positive. However it means worthless in France and it indicates money in Japan.

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The other example is more of a facial expression than gesture. Expression such as protruding tongue means ‘contempt’ in Western culture but in Chinese culture it means ‘surprise’, especially when it’s done by children.

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