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IF A PERSON WANTS A DRINK, HE DRAWS HIS FINGERS INTO
A FIST, PUTS HIS THUMB INTO HIS MOUTH, AND MOVES
HIS ARMS UP AND DOWN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Drink
SPEECH -- Wishes Wants Desires Predictions
SPEECH -- Drinking

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WHEN YOUR DRINKING GLASS IS EMPTY AND YOU WANT IT
REFILLED, YOU GENTLY TAP THE RIM OF THE EMPTY GLASS.
THIS WOULD BE A SIGNAL FOR THE GLASS TO BE FILLED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Drink
SPEECH -- Wishes Wants Desires Predictions
SPEECH -- Drinking

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CRUCIAL MOMENT OF LIFE CUSTOM

WHEN A FRATERNITY BROTHER OF MY FRATERNITY GETS MARRIED,
GRADUATES, OR GETS PINNED, WE TOAST HIM BY INTERLOCKING
OUR ARMS WITH THE DRINKS IN OUR HANDS, WE CLINK THE
GLASSES BACKWARDS AND CHUG THE DRINK.

Submitter comment: HE COMMENTS THAT THIS PROBABLY SOUNDS STUPID, BUT
THEY ALWAYS DO IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): SLANG: CHUG=DRINK IT ALL AT ONCE.

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Crucial Moment of Life Life Cycle
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
Food Drink -- Drink
SPEECH -- Drinking

Date learned: 11-02-1970

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WHEN PLAYING ANY DRINKING GAME, IT IS NOT ALLOWABLE TO
POINT AT A PERSON WHO HAS MADE A MISTAKE WITH ONE'S
FINGER. YOU MUST POINT ONLY WITH YOUR ELBOWS.
A PERSON CAUGHT POINTING WITH HIS FINGER MUST TAKE A
DRINK AS PUNISHMENT.

Where learned: CALIFORNIA ; SAN DIEGO ; MARINE BASE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Bodily Activity Song: Game, Pastime, Sport
Food Drink -- Drink
SPEECH -- Body parts involved S602.2
SPEECH -- Drinking

Date learned: 09-00-1970

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A POLISH GESTURE

A POLISH GESTURE I KNOW FROM POLAND IS ONE TO SHOW THAT
SOMEONE IS DRUNK. THE OUTER SIDE OF THE RIGHT {HAND}
IS USED. YOU PUT THE HAND, PARALLEL TO THE FLOOR
AGAINST THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE THROAT.

Where learned: POLAND

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
SPEECH -- Derision Scorn
SPEECH -- Drinking

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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A GESTURE MY FATHER KNOWS FROM POLAND IS ONE TO SHOW
THAT SOMEONE IS DRUNK. THE RIGHT HAND IS USED.
THE RIGHT EYE IS WINKED AS THE TONGUE IS CLUCKED AND
THE FOREFINGER IS FLICKED AT THE THROAT.

Where learned: POLAND

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Drink
SPEECH -- Formula
SPEECH -- Body parts involved
SPEECH -- Derision Scorn
SPEECH -- Drinking

Date learned: 11-29-1967

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IN SPAIN, IF YOU DRINK TOO MUCH, YOU MAKE A GESTURE
BY PUTTING YOUR MIDDLE AND RING FINGERS DOWN AND
LEAVING THE OTHER FINGERS UP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 02-27-1971

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