Somewhat off- topic

Barnhart barnhart at HIGHLANDS.COM
Tue Feb 1 20:35:40 UTC 2005

This query is somewhat off-topic of dialect.  Is there a history of
gestures (e.g. middle-fingering and finger wagging [often accompanied by
tsk-tsking])?  I'm sure the mummy in The Mummy Returns is anachronizing
when he wags his finger at the young boy.  The same may be true of Walter
Eckland (in Father Goose, a movie set in WWII) who is reported to have
used a gesture of disgust and frustration by the harbour masters lackey.


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