Monday, February 06, 2006

Language: The "X"

For a while, I always thought that hand signals were universal. Obviously that got debunked the moment I stepped into Korea. They're all different from what I'm used to!

Here's one I totally love... It's when the locals cross both hands in front of their chests like Ultra Man.

For simplicity sake, let's just call this action ~ The "X".

Caught a picture of a perfect scenario, where the execution of The "X" would be appropriate. This was taken while up in Seoul two weekends ago and thought it would be great to illustrate the meaning of The "X"!

This was a picture of a dancing girl, who are typical of those hired for store openings and promotions. Interpret it as you may, of what she is trying to say.

Since The "X" is generally a sign of disapproval/disagreeing in Korea, any of the pictures above would be about right. But if you asked me, I think "No pictures you $@#%!" would be the most accurate. ;)


At February 06, 2006 12:46 PM, Blogger gnightgirl said...

YOU took that picture?!! Did you snap it and run for your life?

At February 06, 2006 3:53 PM, Blogger Jo said...

well, the body language & hand signals not all the universal speak the same language / meaning per my ex boss, he is an italian, he mentioned some of the hand signals in italy are differ fron Asia. so can't simply use the hand signals in wrong manner..*wink*'s interesting to learn something additional and explore to others culture. Fun tho..

At February 07, 2006 1:57 AM, Anonymous louyau said...

Ultraman! Haiyak!

At February 07, 2006 9:10 AM, Blogger Kurios1978 said...

Gnightgirl: Yes, I took that picture in full view of the public. I should've known better... but was funny :D

Jo: Ha ha ha, yes. The waving cupped hand signal in Italian seems like a normal thing to use during a conversation. It could even mean F-You. But in Southern India, it simply means "Do you vant to eeeeat?" :P

Louyau: Ultramen... darn cool they were!

At February 11, 2006 10:19 AM, Blogger Max said...

Next time if you want to get photos of the new-business-dancing-girls:

1) Get drunk
2) Unbutton your shirt half way
3) Approach said girls while dancing.
4) Have a friend take photos.

It worked for me...


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