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A KISS

A KISS ON THE CHEEK OR FOREHEAD IS A TOKEN OF BEING
PLEASED OR SHOWING APPRECIATION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- S601
SPEECH -- Body parts involved S602.1
SPEECH -- Body parts involved S602.11
SPEECH -- Congratulations Appreciation

Date learned: 01-23-1971

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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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INTELLIGENCE

WHEN A PERSON POINTS TO HIS HEAD, HE'S INDICATING
THAT HE'S INTELLIGENT.

Where learned: SOUTH AMERICA ; BOGOTA ; COLOMBIA

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Body parts involved S602.1
SPEECH -- Congratulations Appreciation Self approval Boasting

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CUSTOM

JAPANESE CUSTOM OF GREETING IS THE BOW. THE BOW IS NOT ONLY
A PHYSICAL ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF GREETING, BUT ALSO THE
EXPRESSION OF VARYING DEGREES OF EMOTIONS. ONE BOWS
DIFFERENTLY TO PARENTS, FRIENDS, SERVANTS, OLDER SIBLINGS,
ETC. THE DIFFERENCE BEING THE DEPTH OF THE BOW, WHETHER
A NOD OF THE HEAD, TO THE WAIST, OR TO THE FLOOR. FOR
EXAMPLE, THE CHILD'S GOOD MORNING SALUTATION IS NOT JUST
THE VERBAL ONE OF "OHAYO GOZAIMASU" BUT ACCOMPANIED BY A
FORMAL BOW, WHICH MEANS KNEELING (BOTH FEET) ON THE FLOOR
WITH HEAD TOUCHING ONE'S HANDS WHICH ARE LAID PALMS DOWN
ON THE FLOOR AT BENDED KNEES.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THE ABOVE WHILE GROWING UP IN JAPAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN ; JAPAN

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Body parts involved
SPEECH -- Body parts involved S602.1
SPEECH -- Body parts involved S602.3
SPEECH -- Greetings Salutations
SPEECH -- Respect

Date learned: 08-01-1964

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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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ITALIAN GESTURE

WHEN ITALIANS MEET AND GREET EACH OTHER, THEY KISS EACH
OTHER ON BOTH CHEEKS.

Where learned: GRAND RAPIDS ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): COMMON EUROPEAN GESTURE.

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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INDIAN GREETING

WHEN A MAN AND WOMAN MEET, THE GREETING IS GIVEN BY THE
PHRASE, "NAMASTE" WHICH IS GIVEN BY BOTH PARTIES WITH
THE HANDS FLAT AGAINST EACH OTHER OVER THE CHEST AND
A SLIGHT BOW OF THE HEAD.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

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

Date learned: 02-29-1968

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"WAI" GESTURE

THIS IS DONE BY PUTTING THE HANDS TOGETHER IN A PRAYING
POSITION BEFORE YOUR FACE AND SLIGHTLY NODDING YOUR
HEAD. THIS GESTURE HOLDS THE SAME TRADITIONAL SIGNIFI-
CANCE AS THE AMERICAN HANDSHAKE, BUT ALSO SIGNIFIES
RESPECT, THANKS, AND APOLOGY.

James Callow comment: TIPS OF FINGERS OF BOTH HANDS AT LIPS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): THAILAND

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
SPEECH -- Gesture
SPEECH -- Body parts involved S602.1
SPEECH -- Body parts involved S602.14
SPEECH -- Greetings Salutations
SPEECH -- Respect

Date learned: 10-24-1970

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BLACK POWER EMBRACE. TOUCH RIGHT TO LEFT CHEEK, THEN
LEFT TO RIGHT CHEEK.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

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

Date learned: 09-00-1968

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THE WORLD WIDE GESTURE OF HANDSHAKING IS A GESTURE OF
GREETING AND THE KISSING OF EACH CHEEK OF A PERSON
(FRENCH).

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HARPER WOODS

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

Date learned: 10-27-1969

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IT IS A LEBANESE CUSTOM, THAT FOR RESPECT, A MAN OR
WOMAN MUST KISS ELDERS OR MEMBERS OF HIGH STATE ON
THE CHEEK EVERYTIME THEY SEE THEM IN GREETING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
SPEECH -- Body parts involved S602.1
SPEECH -- Respect

Date learned: 03-22-1971

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GESTURE INDICATING TASTE APPEAL

PUTTING THE INDEX FINGER TO THE CHEEK AND TURNING
THE FINGER BACK AND FORTH WHILE TOUCHING THE CHEEK
INDICATES SOMETHING DELICIOUS. IT IS A SICILIAN
GESTURE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 10-03-1969

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GOOD THINKER--TAPPING FINGER ON HEAD.

Submitter comment: FROM FRIEND.

Where learned: HOSPITAL

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

Date learned: 11-04-1967

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AN INDIAN INSULT

THIS PERSON REPORTS THAT THE GREATEST INSULT KNOWN IN
THE INDIAN SIGN LANGUAGE IS TO "CLOSE THE HAND
TIGHTLY WITH THE NAILS OF THE FINGERS DOWNWARD, THEN
SUDDENLY OPENING THE HAND, USUALLY ACCOMPANIED WITH
A SNEER OF CONTEMPT.
THIS WAS THE GREATEST INSULT THAT AN INDIAN COULD GIVE.

Where learned: BOOK

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Body parts involved S602.1
SPEECH -- Derision Scorn

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WHEN AN ITALIAN PINCHES SOMEONE ELSE ON THE CHEEKS OF
THEIR FACE, IT IS AN EXPRESSION OF APPROVAL OF THAT
PERSON. IT ALSO IS A GESTURE WISHING THE PERSON
GOOD LUCK.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ; Approval ; BELIEF ; Cheeks ; CUSTOM ; GESTURE ; Italian ; LUCK ; Pinch ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck P881.22
SPEECH -- Body parts involved S602.1

Date learned: 09-20-1969

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