Yesterday’s daily survival tip on my desktop calendar says you should avoid making the A-okay sign internationally. The gesture is made by touching the tips of your thumb and index finger to form a circle with the rest of the fingers fanned out and pointing up. In the US it just means okay, but according to the calendar, it does not have the same meaning in other countries.
When I was in Morocco I learned that giving someone the middle finger means the same as us westerners holding up an idex finger, that you only want “one” of something. I saw all these customers in the marketplace shooting the bird to all these merchants and I was like, “What the hey?”
Hah! That’s hilarious. It’s a good thing no one did it to you before you realized it just meant one of something.
>>In Brazil, Germany and Russia the signal is an insult, indicating a very private orifice.
I find this a bit humorous because my first Scuba instructer was very German and was teaching me this sign as the universal Scuba “OK” signal.