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GESTURE FOR HOT

HOT -- WET MIDDLE FINGER IN MOUTH, REACH IT FORWARD
AND JERK IT BACK.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

James Callow Keyword(s): TEMPERATURE

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
SPEECH -- Gesture
SPEECH -- Body parts involved S602.14

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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GESTURE FOR COLD.

HOLD FIST NEAR SHOULDER AND SHAKE IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): TEMPERATURE

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 02-00-1971

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ITALIAN GESTURE

WHEN ITALIANS PLACE THEIR POINTER FINGER IN THE MIDDLE
OF THE CHEEK, IT MEANS SOMETHING IS VERY 'CHIC.'
A SIGN OF APPROVAL.

Where learned: GRAND RAPIDS ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
SPEECH -- S601
SPEECH -- Body parts involved S602.1
SPEECH -- Congratulations Appreciation

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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I AM NO FOOL--TAP ONE SIDE OF NOSE WITH INDEX FINGER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
SPEECH -- Body parts involved S602.13
SPEECH -- Congratulations Appreciation Self approval Boasting

Date learned: 01-00-1971

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GREETING GESTURE

WHEN A PERSON MEETS A FRIEND AND THE OTHER PERSON
IS AT A DISTANCE, THE PERSON WAVES HIS ARM AND
HAND AND THIS IS A GREETING OF HELLO TO THE
OTHER PERSON.

Where learned: PORT CHESTER ; NEW YORK, ASSUMED

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
SPEECH -- Body parts involved

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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A GREETING CUSTOM

WHEN A MAN GREETS A LADY, SHE OFFERS HIM HER RIGHT
HAND. HE BOWS AND KISSES HER ON THE BACK OF
HER RIGHT HAND, WHILE HE IS HOLDING IT.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
SPEECH -- Body parts involved
SPEECH -- Greetings Salutations

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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POINTING THE INDEX FINGER AND RAISING THE THUMB (TO LOOK
LIKE A GUN) AT A PERSON, IS HOW YOU SAY HELLO.

Submitter comment: REMEMBERED FROM CHILDHOOD.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
SPEECH -- Body parts involved
SPEECH -- Greetings Salutations

Date learned: 01-15-1972

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HANDSHAKE?

AT THIS TIME AND IN MANY GEOGRAPHICAL AREAS, THE HANDSHAKE
IS BEING REPLACED BY "PALMING." THE HAND IS HELD OUT
ALMOST THE SAME AS FOR A NORMAL HANDSHAKE ONLY TURNED
HORIZONTAL. THE OTHER PERSON, INSTEAD OF GRASPING
THE HAND, MERELY SLIDES THE PALM OF HIS HAND ALONG THE
PALM OF THE UPTURNED HAND. IN THE SAME MANNER THE
TWO HANDS ARE SOMETIMES SLAPPED TOGETHER TO REPRESENT
A QUICK HANDSHAKE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
SPEECH -- Body parts involved
SPEECH -- Greetings Salutations

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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DAIRY FARMER HANDSHAKE

ONE PERSON INTERLOCKS THE FINGERS OF BOTH HANDS WITH HIS
THUMBS HANGING DOWN. THE OTHER PERSON GRABS THE THUMBS
AND PULLS THEM LIKE HE IS MILKING THEM.

Where learned: CYO CAMP

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Dramatic
SPEECH -- Body parts involved
SPEECH -- Greetings Salutations
SPEECH -- Games Riddles Jokes

Date learned: 00-00-1961

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A.D.A. HANDSHAKE

YOU RHYTHMICALLY SQUEEZE SOMEONE'S HAND WHILE SHAKING IT
AND SAY "AMERICAN DAIRY ASSOCIATION, GLAD TO MEET YOU."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CYO CAMP ; CARSONVILLE

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Dramatic
SPEECH -- Body parts involved
SPEECH -- Greetings Salutations
SPEECH -- Games Riddles Jokes

Date learned: 00001970 SUMMER

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LUMBERJACK HANDSHAKE

ONE PERSON STICKS OUT HIS FIST WITH HIS THUMB STICKING UP.
THE OTHER PERSON WRAPS HIS FIST AROUND THE THUMB AND
STICKS UP HIS THUMB. THEY EACH PUT THEIR OTHER HAND ON
IN THE SAME WAY. THEN THEY MOVE THEIR HANDS BACK AND FORTH
LIKE THEY'RE USING A SAW.

Where learned: CYO CAMP

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Dramatic
SPEECH -- Body parts involved
SPEECH -- Greetings Salutations
SPEECH -- Games Riddles Jokes

Date learned: 00-00-1961

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GREETING-GESTURE

THERE IS A SPECIAL HANDSHAKE THAT IS USED IN THE
BOY SCOUTS WHERE THE MIDDLE FINGER AND THE FOREFINGER
ARE PLACED ON THE OTHER PERSON'S WRIST AND THE PALMS
ARE CLASPED AND THE THUMB IS PLACED ON TOP OF HIS
HAND AND THE RING FINGER AND PINKEY ARE PLACED ON THE
BOTTOM OF HIS HAND. THE HANDSHAKE IS GIVEN WITH THE
LEFT HAND.

Submitter comment: I WAS TOLD THIS IN THE SCOUTS IN 1961-1967.

Where learned: PORT CHESTER ; NEW YORK, ASSUMED

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
SPEECH -- Body parts involved
SPEECH -- Greetings Salutations

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REGARDS TO HAND SHAKING -- WOMEN

TO SHAKE A WOMAN'S HAND, ONE GRASPS HER FOREARM
GENTLY AND PROCEEDS TO SHAKE HER HAND IN THIS MANNER.

Where learned: SOUTH AMERICA ; BOGOTA ; COLOMBIA

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
SPEECH -- Body parts involved
SPEECH -- Body parts involved S602.11
SPEECH -- Greetings Salutations

Date learned: 06-12-1964

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SHAKING HANDS BET

WHEN TWO PEOPLE SHAKE HANDS ON A BET, THAT THEY HAVE
MADE, IT IS LEGITIMATE ONLY IF A THIRD PERSON BREAKS
THE HAND SHAKE WITH HIS ARM OR HAND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 10-02-1965

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PEOPLE USED TO SHAKE HANDS SO THAT THEY COULD ASCERTAIN
WHETHER THE OTHER PERSON WAS CONCEALING A WEAPON IN
HIS HAND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

James Callow Keyword(s): HISTORY

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
SPEECH -- Body parts involved
SPEECH -- Greetings Salutations

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POLITICAL DESTINY

IF YOU SHAKE HANDS WITH ALL THE CANDIDATES FOR AN OFFICE,
YOU WILL EVENTUALLY RUN FOR THAT OFFICE.

Data entry tech comment: INFORMANT IS FORMER GOVERNOR G. MENNEN WILLIAMS SON

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
Observation
BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color
SPEECH -- Body parts involved
SPEECH -- Greetings Salutations

Date learned: 09-00-1968

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INSTEAD OF SHAKING HANDS WITH ME, INFORMANT ALWAYS
GREETS ME BY PUTTING HIS HAND ON MY NECK AND
SAYING, "HI YA, BUDDY!"

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALLEN PARK

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
SPEECH -- Formula
SPEECH -- Body parts involved
SPEECH -- Body parts involved S602.2
SPEECH -- Greetings Salutations

Date learned: 12-00-1970

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MOCK HANDSHAKE

WHILE SHAKING HANDS ONE SQUEEZES THE OTHER'S
HAND AND SAYS, "HI, I'M FROM THE MICHIGAN MILK
PRODUCERS ASSOCIATION."

Data entry tech comment: GIVING THE MILKING HANDSHAKE?

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
SPEECH -- Greetings Salutations
SPEECH -- Games Riddles Jokes

Date learned: 10-00-1970

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ORIGIN OF THE HANDSHAKE

EMMISARIES WOULD GRASP THE RIGHT FOREARM OF THE ONE THEY WERE
MEETING IN ORDER TO AVOID HAVING A POSSIBLE ADVERSARY HAVE
ACCESS TO HIS WEAPONS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): HISTORY

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
SPEECH -- Body parts involved S602.1
SPEECH -- Greetings Salutations
SPEECH -- Respect

Date learned: 00-00-1963

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AMERICANS WILL SAY "I SHAKE HANDS;" GERMANS WILL SAY
"ICH GEBE DIE HAND" WHICH MEANS "I GIVE THE HAND."

Where learned: GRAND RAPIDS ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
SPEECH -- Formula
SPEECH -- Greetings Salutations

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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