French gestures /universal gestures =The origin of the Finger

http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/1279/whats-the-origin-of-the-finger

A Straight Dope Classic from Cecil’s Storehouse of Human Knowledge
What’s the origin of “the finger”?

September 4, 1998
Dear Cecil:

Can you confirm the following? It sounds rather fishy to me.

[Adam attaches the following memo, which has been floating around the Internet for some time.]

Subject: Truth About the Finger

In the film Titanic the character Rose is shown giving the finger to Jack, another character. Many people who have seen the film question whether “giving the finger” was done around the time of the Titanic disaster, or was it a more recent gesture invented by some defiant seventh-grader. According to research, here’s the true story:

Before the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, the French, anticipating victory over the English, proposed to cut off the middle finger of all captured English soldiers. Without the middle finger it would be impossible to draw the renowned English longbow and therefore [soldiers would] be incapable of fighting in the future. This famous weapon was made of the native English yew tree, and the act of drawing the longbow was known as “plucking the yew.” Much to the bewilderment of the French, the English won a major upset and began mocking the French by waving their middle fingers at the defeated French, saying, “See, we can still pluck yew!”

Over the years some “folk etymologies” have grown up around this symbolic gesture. Since “pluck yew” is rather difficult to say, like “pheasant mother plucker,” which is who you had to go to for the feathers used on the arrows for the longbow, the difficult consonant cluster at the beginning has gradually changed to a labiodental fricative “f,” and thus the words often used in conjunction with the one-finger salute are mistakenly thought to have something to do with an intimate encounter. It is also because of the pheasant feathers on the arrows that the gesture is known as “giving the bird.”

And yew all thought yew knew everything!

— Adam Koford, Salt Lake City, Utah

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Gestes français – French Gestures = Gesture 14: « Aïe, aïe ! »

http://french.about.com/library/weekly/aa020901o.htm

Gesture 14: « Aïe, aïe ! »

Gestes français – French Gestures

To indicate that someone is in trouble, hold up your hand, palm facing your chest, with your fingers loose, and shake it up and down rapidly while saying, “Aïe, aïe, aïe, aïe, aïe !”

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Start over    Gesture 13 – Pied de nez    Gesture 15 – Verre dans le nez

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Some changes in 2017-18 –RVW and our Blogs …(suivi sur ces Blogs cet automne); This info will be updated this Fall

Il y a une paire de blogs qui sont actifs dont celui-ci: sur Rimbaud:(my favorite w/ Une Tasse de Café)

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#Porte –” La Porte Automatique “

Nous nous penchons sur un phénomène troublant : “La porte automatique ”

A Source for Worries, Wonders and Troubles in … stations and everywhere: what is

an ‘ Automatic Door ‘ ?

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http://wendyju.com/publications/Approachability.pdf

Approachability: How People Interpret Automatic Door

Movement as Gesture

Wendy Ju – California College of Arts, San Francisco, CA USA, wju@cca.edu

Leila Takayama – Nokia Research Center, Palo Alto CA USA, leila.takayama@nokia.com

Abstract

Automatic doors exemplify the challenges of designing emotionally welcoming interactive

systems. We attempt to broaden the automatic door’s repertoire of signals by examining how

people respond to a variety of “door gestures” designed to offer different levels of

approachability. In a pilot study, participants (N=48) who walked past a physical gesturing door

were asked to fill out a questionnaire about that experience. In our follow-up study, participants

(N=51) viewed 12 video clips depicting a person walking toward and past an automatic door

that moved with different speeds and trajectories. In both studies, our Likert-scale measures and

open-ended responses indicate that participants viewing the door behavior prototypes show

significant uniformity in the interpretation of the door’s behavior, and that they attribute these

motions as gestures with human-like characteristics such as cognition and intent.

Conference theme: Teaching across cultures design

Keywords: gestures,

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#UniversalGestures ” When Italians Chat, Hands and Fingers Do the Talking …”

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Best of: Gesture 13: « Pied de nez » Gestes français – French Gestures

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Best of: Gesture 13: « Pied de nez » Gestes français – French Gestures

The pied de nez gesture (thumbing your nose) is used to make fun of someone, usually behind his or her back.Hold one hand up with your thumb touching your nose and wiggle your fingers.
Optionally, you can hold up your other hand with the thumb touching below the pinky of the first hand. If you want to be really infantile, make a face or stick out your tongue.
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La porte! Gestes des Français

The pied de nez gesture (thumbing your nose) is used to make fun of someone, usually behind his or her back.Hold one hand up with your thumb touching your nose and wiggle your fingers.
Optionally, you can hold up your other hand with the thumb touching below the pinky of the first hand. If you want to be really infantile, make a face or stick out your tongue.
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Gestes Français ” Donner sa langue au chat ” …

Donner sa langue au chat : renoncer à deviner, à trouver la solution
 

Donner sa langue au chat : renoncer à deviner, à trouver la solution

On ne trouve cette expression qu’au XIXè siècle ; mais jeter sa langue aux chiens est dans Mme de Sévigné. Cette expression est à rapprocher de n’être pas bon à jeter aux chiens, «ne rien valoir», qu’emploie aussi Madame de Sévigné.Pourquoi jeter est-il devenu donner alors que au chat se substituait aux chiens ? L’expression régionale abandonner sa part aux chats peut servir d’exemple pour un transfert analogue. Surtout, le chat est évoqué à propos de «confidences». Mettre quelque chose dans l’oreille du chat (George Sand, dans La Petite Fadette), c’est «oublier». Mais ce chat qui garde les secrets est aussi considéré comme un bavard. Ai manjat lago de cat (j’ai mangé la langue du chat) se dit dans le Gard pour «je ne peux pas tenir ma langue» (Rolland). Donner sa langue au chat pourrait donc être à la fois « jeter l’organe de la parole, devenu inutile» et «le confier au chat, animal plein de connaissance».

© 2009
– Illustration : Zelda Zonk
– Définitions extraites du Dictionnaire d’expressions et locutions, d’Alain Rey et de Sophie Chantreau

http://www.tv5.org/TV5Site/publication/galerie-236-1-Donner_sa_langue_au_chat_renoncer_a_deviner_a_trouver_la_solution.htm

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