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JAPANESE DO NOT APPLAUD AT A PERFORMANCE OF A CLASSIC
DRAMA. RESTRAINT IS THE KEYNOTE OF EVERYTHING OF A
HIGH CHARACTER, AND THE GREATEST TRIBUTE THE AUDIENCE
CAN PAY AN ACTOR OR SINGER IS PROFOUND SILENCE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THE ABOVE WHILE GROWING UP IN
JAPAN AND HAS ATTENDED SUCH PERFORMANCES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
SPEECH -- Congratulations Appreciation
SPEECH -- Instructions Directions Silence

Date learned: 08-01-1964

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FINGER IN FRONT OF THE LIPS MEANS: SILENCE OR BE QUIET.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
SPEECH -- Body parts involved S602.14
SPEECH -- Instructions Directions Silence

Date learned: 09-29-1965

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PUTTING THE INDEX FINGER UP TO THE LIPS IN A VERTICAL
POSITION AND MAKING A "SH" SOUND INDICATES SILENCE.

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula
SPEECH -- Instructions Directions Silence

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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THE PUTTING TOGETHER OF THE HANDS AND SLIGHTLY BOWING
FROM THE WAIST--MEANING, "PRAY PLEASE SHUT UP. I'D
LIKE TO SPEAK."

Where learned: BUFFALO ; HIGH SCHOOL ; NEW YORK

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
SPEECH -- Instructions Directions Silence

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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