James A. Landau
JJJRLandau at AOL.COM
Sat Sep 8 18:39:20 UTC 2001
In a message dated 09/07/2001 3:48:16 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
Bapopik at AOL.COM writes:
> OK GESTURE--I was told this is used here.
> KOZAKIEWICZ GESTURE--An upturned fist, almost as if giving the finger.
> other hand is placed on this muscle. Kozakiewicz was a Polish high jumper
> the 1980 Moscow Olympics. The Russian high jumper was favored by the
> Kozakiewicz won and gave this gesture back to the crowd. OED?
I have no idea of the origin of this gesture, but it has been in use in the
USA for many years, with the meaning "up your ass!".
A photograph of Lee Harvey Oswald, taken shortly after his arrest, shows him
making this gesture.
- Jim Landau
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