Somewhat off- topic

George Thompson george.thompson at NYU.EDU
Tue Feb 1 20:54:34 UTC 2005

Archer Taylor wrote a history of the nose-thumbing gesture: The
Shanghai Gesture.  Helsinki: Suomalainen Tiedeakatemia (Academia
Scientiarum Fennica) 1956.  76 pp.  FF communications ;  no 166.


George A. Thompson
Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre", Northwestern
Univ. Pr., 1998, but nothing much lately.

----- Original Message -----
From: Barnhart <barnhart at HIGHLANDS.COM>
Date: Tuesday, February 1, 2005 3:35 pm
Subject: Somewhat off- topic

> 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
> anachronizingwhen 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.
> Regards,
> David
> barnhart at

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