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According to British military traditions, the reason that
the British salute with their palms facing toward the
person they're saluting at is because a soldier had killed
a superior officer by being able to hide a pistol in the
palm of his hand. This then forced the British military
to change their saluting process and had them salute as
above and being able to see what's in their hand.

Submitter comment: I learned this from my uncle while we were on vacation
in England.

Where learned: ENGLAND ; WINDSOR

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535
SPEECH -- Salutes

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BLACK POWER SIGN--A FIST WITH THE ARM BENT UPWARD.
SYMBOLIZING POWER.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
SPEECH -- Body parts involved S602.2
SPEECH -- Greetings Salutations
SPEECH -- Salutes
SPEECH -- Congratulations Appreciation
SPEECH -- Wishes Wants Desires Predictions Victory Peace

Date learned: 09-00-1968

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THE FASCIST SALUTE WAS AN OPEN HAND SYMBOLIZING
FRIENDSHIP AND PEACE BY SHOWING THEY HAD NO
WEAPONS. THE COMMUNIST SALUTE OF A CLOSED
FIST CAME AS A DIRECT OPPOSITE OF THIS SALUTE.

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
SPEECH -- Salutes

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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THE MILITARY SALUTE STARTED IN THE MIDDLE AGES WHEN
KNIGHTS WOULD RAISE THE VISORS ON THEIR HELMETS
BEFORE COMBAT TO SEE WHO THEY WERE FIGHTING
AGAINST.

James Callow Keyword(s): HISTORY

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Salutes

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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SALUTE

THE SALUTE EVOLVED FROM ANCIENT ROME. AS A MEANS
OF GREETING, THE ROMANS PUT THEIR HANDS UP TO
SHOW THAT THEY WERE FRIENDS AND HAD NO WEAPONS.
THIS STARTED BECAUSE BRUTUS KILLED CAESAR WHO
WAS SUPPOSEDLY A FRIEND. IT THEN EVOLVED INTO A
WAY OF GREATING A FRIEND AND FINALLY INTO A SALUTE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): HISTORY

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

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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CLENCHED FIST, HAND RAISED TO EYE OR SHOULDER LEVEL WITH
KNUCKLES TOWARD BEARER INDICATES "BLACK POWER." THE SIGNAL
IS GIVEN TO BLACKS BY BLACKS AS A UNIFYING GESTURE.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
SPEECH -- Salutes
SPEECH -- Wishes Wants Desires Predictions Victory Peace

Date learned: 12-00-1971

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