Gestures used to Taunt or Insult

Certain movements of ones body, are, in many cultures interpreted as a taunt. These can be expressed through the eyes, hands, fingers, head and other areas of the body.

* Loser Gesture
The “Loser” Gesture is used in some countries. This gesture is performed by raising the index finger and thumb of your right hand perpendicular to each other so that they form the letter “L”. It is then placed onto one’s forehead. It signifies that the person that this gesture is directed to is a loser.

* “The Finger” Gesture
The “Finger” Gesture is a gesture consisting of a fist with the middle finger extended. It is universally understood as “fuck you” due to its resemblance to the penis. It is certainly thousands of years old, being referred to in Ancient Roman literature as the digitus infamis or digitus impudicus. Performing this gesture is also called “flipping the bird” in countries where “the finger” is used. In other regions, “flipping the bird” refers to the raising of the middle and index finger with the back of the hand directed at the recipient. It can also mean “Victor” in some countries, which is not to be mistaken for the “Peace” gesture, which is done with the palm facing the recipient of the gesture, but in Britain and some other countries it is an offensive gesture, equivalent to “the finger”.

* Clenched fist
A raised, clenched fist is used as a gesture of defiance by a number of groups. It is usually considered to be hostile, yet without any sexual, scatological, or notionally offensive connotations.

* The Cutthroat Gesture
The “Cutthroat” Gesture is performed by drawing the hand, or a finger or two, across the throat. It represents slitting the throat with a knife, and means that the gesturer or someone else is metaphorically being killed. It is rarely if ever used literally to refer to death, though it is occasionally used as a theatrical threat (“I’m going to kill you”). The gesture earned a great deal of national notoriety in the NFL during the 1999 season in which several players did the cutthroat gesture.

The Wanker gesture
* The Tongue
Often sticking one’s tongue out at another is seen as mocking the other. A variation of this is also known as blowing a raspberry. It can also be wagged in a manner suggesting cunnilingus when directed at a female, which is usually seen as highly vulgar.

* Wanker Gesture
The “Wanker” Gesture is made with a loose fist (with all fingers forming a cylindrical shape) is made, and shaken up and down (or sometimes, back and forth) at the wrist, suggesting masturbation. A variation is where one executes the gesture whilst opening their mouth and sticking their tongue into their cheek, simulating fellatio, effectively ordering the one who is being taunted to “suck it.”
(A picture of the young Tony Blair, later the British Prime Minister (1997-2007), using the “Wanker” Gesture became widely available (although copyrighted) in 2007.)

* Dickhead Gesture
The “Dickhead” Gesture is made by holding a hand to one’s forehead, the thumb and fingers usually forming a “C” shape, and then moving the hand forward and backward in an arc. The image suggested is a large penis growing out of the forehead.

* Crotch-Grab
The crotch-grab is done almost exclusively by males. It is, as the name suggests, simply a grabbing of the penis and testicles.

* The Chin Flick
A gesture is made by placing the nails of your fingers under your chin and flicking it out from under your chin

* The Turkey Face
The Turkey Face is when you take your hand and put your thumb on your nose, wriggle your head back and forth and do the same thing with the hand.

* The Shocker
Done by holding up your hand with your ring finger and thumb bent to each other, implying the act of putting 2 fingers in a woman’s vagina and 1 in her anus.

* V Sign
The insulting version of the gesture (with the palm inwards) is often compared to the offensive gesture known as “the finger”. The “two-fingered salute”, as it is also known, is commonly performed by flicking the V upwards from wrist or elbow. It is most commonly called “the forks” in Australia. The V sign, when the palm is facing toward the person giving the sign, has long been an insulting gesture in England,[1] and later in the rest of the United Kingdom; its use is largely restricted to the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.[2] It is frequently used to signify defiance (especially to authority), contempt or derision,[3]..

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