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THIS GESTURE IS MADE BY RUBBING THE THUMB AND FOREFINGER
TOGETHER. IT IS USUALLY ACCOMPANIED BY THE LINE, "THIS
IS THE SMALLEST VIOLIN IN THE WORLD PLAYING MY HEART
CRIES FOR YOU." IT IS USED AS A FORM OF MOCKERY
AND WOULD APPLY TO A PERSON GIVING YOU A HARD LUCK
STORY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WESTLAND

Keyword(s): SARCASM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck
SPEECH -- Formula
SPEECH -- Mock sympathy and mock enthusiasm

Date learned: 09-15-1969

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