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IMBECILE GESTURE

PUT YOUR INDEX FINGER ON YOUR LIPS AND THEN MOVE IT
UP AND DOWN QUICKLY, WHILE HUMMING--SIGNIFIES AN
IMBECILE.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
SPEECH -- Foolishness Stupidity Insanity

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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LOONEY GESTURE

A GESTURE MEANING THAT SOMEONE IS NUTS IS POINTING
THE INDEX FINGER AT THE EAR AND TWIRLING THE FINGER
CLOCKWISE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
SPEECH -- Foolishness Stupidity Insanity

Date learned: 10-00-1969

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GESTURE OF DISGUST

HITTING THE FOREHEAD WITH THE HEEL OF THE PALM
MEANS STUPID OR DUMB.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
SPEECH -- Foolishness Stupidity Insanity

Date learned: 10-03-1969

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THUMB SUCKING

THIS GESTURE IS MADE BY PLACING THE THUMB IN OR NEAR
THE MOUTH. IT USUALLY DENOTES THAT A PERSON HAS DONE
SOMETHING FOOLISH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WESTLAND

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
SPEECH -- Foolishness Stupidity Insanity

Date learned: 09-15-1969

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YOU--POINT TO PERSON
DRIVE--PUT HANDS ON IMAGINARY STEERING WHEEL AND TURN.
ME--POINT TO YOURSELF
CRAZY--TURN FINGER NEAR TEMPLE AREA OF YOUR HEAD.
YOU DRIVE ME CRAZY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Foolishness Stupidity Insanity

Date learned: 02-04-1972

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STUPID NUT--PUTTING THUMB ON NOSE AND TWITCHING FINGERS.

Submitter comment: FROM FRIEND.

Where learned: HOSPITAL

Keyword(s): DEROGATORY GESTURE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
SPEECH -- Foolishness Stupidity Insanity

Date learned: 11-05-1967

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THE INDEX FINGER MOTIONING IN A CIRCLE AT THE SIDE OF
THE HEAD OF THE PERSON WHO IS SIGNALING, MEANING
"DIZZY" OR AN OBJECT OR SUBJECT IS THOUGHT "STUPID."

Submitter comment: CANNOT REMEMBER WHERE FROM.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Foolishness Stupidity Insanity

Date learned: 10-04-1967

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WITH YOUR FINGER MAKING A FEW CIRCLES ALMOST AGAINST
YOUR HEAD AND THEN POINTING TO A PERSON: THIS MEANS THAT
THE PERSON IS CRAZY.

Submitter comment: SHE PROBABLY LEARNED IT FROM SCHOOL FRIENDS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Foolishness Stupidity Insanity

Date learned: 02-08-1967

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A SIGN TO INDICATE CRAZINESS IS TO MOVE THE INDEX
FINGER AROUND THE EAR IN A SPIRAL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Foolishness Stupidity Insanity

Date learned: 09-12-1967

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AN ITALIAN GESTURE FORMED BY CUPPING THE RIGHT
HAND WITH FINGERTIPS TOGETHER. THIS MEANS TO SAY:
ARE YOU CRAZY? WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

James Callow Keyword(s): RHETORICAL QUESTION

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Foolishness Stupidity Insanity

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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