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WHEN A PERSON POINTS HIS THUMB UP IT MEANS THAT ALL
IS GOING WELL. WHEN HE POINTS BOTH THUMBS UP IT
MEANS ALL IS GOING SUPER.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT USED THESE SIGNS.

Where learned: BELGIUM

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
686 Seconds / Twice / Two
SPEECH -- All right O.K.

Date learned: 06-00-1970

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IN GREAT BRITAIN, IF A PERSON HOLDS A FIST AT YOU AND PUTS
THE THUMB STRAIGHT UP IN THE AIR, HE IS SAYING THAT
YOU'RE OK OR A GOOD GUY.

Submitter comment: SERIOUS MOOD CONCERNING THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON

Subject headings: SPEECH -- All right O.K.

Date learned: 09-26-1972

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O.K. SIGN--JOIN THUMB AND INDEX FINGER TI SIGNIFY
EVERYTHING IS ALL RIGHT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; FOR MANY YEARS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Circle and other round forms
SPEECH -- All right O.K.

Date learned: 10-22-1969

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WHEN YOU MAKE AN "O" WITH YOUR FINGERS{S}, YOU ARE
SAYING "VERY GOOD."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Circle and other round forms
SPEECH -- All right O.K.

Date learned: 09-29-1965

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BY MAKING A CIRCLE WITH THE THUMB AND FOREFINGER
TOUCHING TOGETHER AND LEAVING THE REST OF THE FINGERS
ON THE HAND EXTENDED AS INDICATION OF "GOOD
GOING" OR "OKAY" IS EXPRESSED.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT USES THIS GESTURE WHEN TRYING TO EXPRESS A
FEELING OF SATISFACTION AS THE RESULT OF SOME
REMARK MADE OR FULFILLMENT OF SOME INNER EMOTION.
HE HAS SEEN OTHERS USE IT ALSO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Circle and other round forms
SPEECH -- All right O.K.

Date learned: 10-01-1971

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O.K. GESTURE--TIP OF THUMB AND TIP OF INDEX FINGER OF
SAME HAND TOUCHING, FORMING A CIRCLE.

Where learned: BIRMINGHAM ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Circle and other round forms
SPEECH -- All right O.K.

Date learned: 10-06-1967

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WHEN A PERSON ASKS HOW SOMETHING IS COMING ALONG AND
THE PERSON BEING ASKED DOESN'T WISH TO SPEAK AT THE
TIME THE PERSON BEING ASKED MAY PUT THE TIPS OF
HIS THUMB AND FOREFINGER TOGETHER AND FORM A CIRCLE
WITH THEM AND HOLD HIS OTHER 3 FINGERS TOGETHER AND
STRAIGHT UP, AND SHOW THIS SIGN TO THE PERSON WHO
ASKED AND HE WILL KNOW THAT ALL IS OK.

Where learned: PORT CHESTER ; NEW YORK, ASSUMED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Circle and other round forms
SPEECH -- All right O.K.

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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TO MEAN EVERYTHING IS ALL RIGHT, EXTEND ERECT THUMB
AND CLENCHED FOUR FINGERS.

Where learned: ONTARIO ; CANADA, ASSUMED ; OAKVILLE

Keyword(s): THUMBS UP

Subject headings: SPEECH -- All right O.K.

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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ONE THUMB UP, PUSHING ARM OUT AS FAR AS IT WILL GO,
MEANS THAT EVERYTHING IS O.K.

Submitter comment: USED BY PILOTS FLYING FOR THE UNITED STATES NAVY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

Subject headings: SPEECH -- All right O.K.

Date learned: 11-24-1965

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PATTING YOUR ELBOW WITH YOUR HAND IS A SIGN THAT
ALL IS GOING WELL.

Submitter comment: I SAW INFORMANT USE THIS SIGN MANY TIMES. HE SAYS
THAT IT IS AN INTERNATIONAL SIGN.

Where learned: BELGIUM

Subject headings: SPEECH -- All right O.K.

Date learned: 06-00-1970

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