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GESTURE INDICATING TASTE APPEAL

PUTTING THE INDEX FINGER TO THE CHEEK AND TURNING
THE FINGER BACK AND FORTH WHILE TOUCHING THE CHEEK
INDICATES SOMETHING DELICIOUS. IT IS A SICILIAN
GESTURE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
SPEECH -- Body parts involved S602.1
SPEECH -- Congratulations Appreciation
SPEECH -- Eating

Date learned: 10-03-1969

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WATERMELON CHEER

CHEER IS GIVEN BY MAKING A LOUD SLURPING SOUND AS
HANDS ARE MOVED PAST FACE IN IMITATION OF EATING OF
WATERMELON. THEN BRONX CHEER IS GIVEN IN
IMITATION OF SPITTING OUT SEEDS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
SPEECH -- Eating

Date learned: 10-18-1968

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YOU TWIST YOUR INDEX FINGER AGAINST THE SIDE OF YOUR JAW.
MEANING: THIS FOOD IS GOOD.

Submitter comment: I'VE SEEN THE INFORMANT DOING THIS AT HIS HOME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; EAST DETROIT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Food
SPEECH -- Body parts involved
SPEECH -- Eating

Date learned: 02-06-1971

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A POPULAR ITALIAN GESTURE CONSISTS OF TAKING THE CLOSED
FIST OF EITHER HAND WITH THE KNUCKLE OF THE INDEX
FINGER PROTRUDING SLIGHTLY AND TWISTING IT AGAINST
THE CHEEK. THE HEAD MAY ALSO BE NODDED SLIGHTLY
AS THE TWISTING MOTION IS GIVEN.
MEANING: THIS GESTURE IS GIVEN BY A PERSON WHO IS
PLEASED WITH SOMETHING.
EXAMPLE: AFTER A GOOD DINNER A COOK MIGHT ASK OF ONE
OF THOSE WHO ATE, "HOW WAS DINNER?" THE PERSON
MIGHT REPLY WITH THIS GESTURE (SIMPLY MEANING, IT WAS
DELICIOUS).

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Food
SPEECH -- Eating

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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BRASILIAN GESTURE

THERE IS A BRASILIAN GESTURE IN WHICH ONE SHAKES HIS
OPEN HAND ABOUT EYE LEVEL WHICH MEANS THAT "THE FOOD
IS DELICIOUS."

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LIVED IN BRASIL FOR SIX YEARS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

Keyword(s): BRAZIL

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Food
SPEECH -- Eating

Date learned: 02-17-1970

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IF A PERSON SERVES ANOTHER PERSON A KIND OF FOOD
WHICH HE NEVER HAD BEFORE, THE HOST SLAPS THE GUEST
ON HIS BACK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
Food Drink -- Food
SPEECH -- Eating

Date learned: 03-00-1970

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INDIAN GESTURE

WHEN YOU ARE HUNGRY YOU MOVE YOUR HAND BACK AND FORTH OVER
YOUR TUMMY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Eating

Date learned: 09-29-1965

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A GESTURE THAT I HAVE FOUND BOTH IN A FOUNDRY AND A
STEEL MILL IN CLEVELAND {OHIO} CONSISTS OF A GRABBING
MOTION MADE WITH THE HAND DIRECTLY IN FRONT OF THE MOUTH.
MEANING: GO EAT.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Eating

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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EXPRESSION FOR GESTURE

COMMENT (USUALLY BY PARENT) WHEN SOMEONE REACHES ACROSS
THE DINNER TABLE:
"THAT'S THE BOARDING-HOUSE REACH!"

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

Keyword(s): IMPOLITE

James Callow Keyword(s): TABLE MANNERS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
SPEECH -- Formula
SPEECH -- Eating

Date learned: 02-10-1970

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EATING HABITS

IN BELGIUM, IT IS TAUGHT IN THE HOME TO EAT WITH THE
FOR IN THE LEFT HAND. THIS PERMITS EASY ACCESS TO
CUTTING THE FOOD WITH A KNIFE IN THE RIGHT HAND.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; BELGIUM ; PITTSBURGH

Keyword(s): MANNERS

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
Food Drink -- Service Table furnishing and decoration Implement to handle food
SPEECH -- Eating

Date learned: 11-01-1970

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WHEN SOMEONE BURPED, EVERYONE PUT THEIR THUMB TO THEIR
FOREHEAD. THE LAST ONE TO DO THIS, ATE THE BURP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
Food Drink -- Food
SPEECH -- Eating

Date learned: 10-23-1970

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