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IN EUROPE EVERYONE, MEN AND WOMEN, BOTH SHAKE HANDS UPON
GREETING AND LEAVING. MEN SHAKE HANDS WITH WOMEN AND

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
SPEECH -- Greetings Salutations
SPEECH -- Goodbyes Leavetakings

Date learned: 09-23-1969

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GOODBYE GESTURES

WHILE WORKING AS A TOURIST GUIDE FOR THE FORD MOTOR
COMPANY, I WAS ASSIGNED A GROUP OF ENGLISHMEN TO
ESCORT THROUGH THE ROUGE PLANT. WHEN LUNCH WAS
COMPLETED, I STOOD UP TO LEAVE THE TABLE AND SAY
GOODBYE. WHILE LEAVING, A NUMBER OF THE ENGLISHMEN
GESTURED BY CLENCHING THEIR FINGERS LIKE A FIST,
THUMB STRAIGHT UP. WITH THE HAND IN SUCH A FORM,
THEY WOULD MOVE THE ARM UP AND DOWN ABOUT 5 TO 6
INCHES IN ALL. ONE OF THEM TOLD ME THAT THIS WAS
A GOODBYE AND GOOD LUCK SIGN ALL IN ONE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

James Callow Keyword(s): LEAVETAKING

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
SPEECH -- Goodbyes Leavetakings
SPEECH -- Wishes Wants Desires Predictions

Date learned: 00001963 SUMMER

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SALUTATION GESTURE

WAVING GOODBYE AMONG SICILIANS AND MOST LATIN AMERICANS
ENTAILS CUPPING AND UNCUPPING THE HAND--AS IS COMMON IN
THE U.S. HOWEVER, THIS IS DIRECTED TOWARD'S ONE'S OWN
BODY AND NOT TOWARD THE DEPARTING PERSON. THIS GESTURE
IS REPUTED TO BE A SYMBOLIC YEARNING OF THE OTHER'S SOON
RETURN.

Where learned: FLORIDA ; MIAMI

Keyword(s): CUP THE FINGERS, AND WAVE THEM TOWARD YOURSELF.

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
SPEECH -- Goodbyes Leavetakings
SPEECH -- Wishes Wants Desires Predictions

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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TO WAVE GOODBYE, YOU WAVE YOUR HAND BACK AND FORTH OR FROM
LEFT TO RIGHT.

Where learned: SOUTH AMERICA ; BOGOTA ; COLOMBIA

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
SPEECH -- Goodbyes Leavetakings

Date learned: 06-12-1967

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