March 24, 2003
When thumbs up means thumbs down

If you happen to see pictures of Iraqis giving US troops and/or camerapeople the "thumbs up" sign, you should know what that means in this context:

Thumbs up, meaning "everything is great" or "Iím Okay" to the West can be equated to the "middle finger" by Middle Easterners. Of note, hitch-hikers do not "thumb a ride", rather they hold their hand horizontal to the road and wave it up and down as though telling motorists to "reduce speed".

Via the increasingly indispensable Sean-Paul Kelley. Someone get this man a case of Jolt! and a pepperoni-n-anchovy pizza, stat.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on March 24, 2003 to Iraq attack | TrackBack