I'm watching CNN, and they did a story about the hand gesture that is apparently all the rage at the Republican Convention. Apparently some politician from Hawaii was talking about Sen. Obama's lack of experience, and asked "How much experience does he have?" and flashed a hand sign that was meant to signal zero. As I watched the faithful flash the sign back at her, and as they showed shots of the crowd using it on other occasions, I thought, "Wait a minute...I know that gesture!" I took 4 years of German in high school, and a couple more classes in college, and part of it was learning about how harmless gestures here can be misconstrued and incredibly insulting when overseas.
A-okay? Well, not to other people.
"Your Anus / Asshole: Often confused with the 'OK' hand gesture, the rudeness of this sign varies quite considerably from country-to-country. In Mediterranean lands and the South Americas its use is likely to get you seriously injured. However, it is not uncommon to see it used in America as a way of one man telling another that they're 'talking out of their ass'. The key difference between this hand gesture and the OK sign is that the middle, ring and little fingers are curved rather than extend straight. It is easy to see how people that are unfamiliar with the 'OK' sign might react badly to its use."
So should we let the folks at the RNC know what they're telling the rest of the world, or should we just let them continue to call everyone assholes? <evil grin>