The Comprehensive Guide to International Insults
Using a gesture to let someone know you're not happy with them is one of our favorite forms of communication.

But there's a caveat. The OK sign in North America means something very different in South America. And not knowing the difference can get you a fist to the face (which is not OK.)

And since insulting gestures vary depending on which part of the world you're in, here is our Comprehensive Guide to International Insults.


Reverse Peace Sign
Reverse Peace Sign - Britain
Making a peace sign with your palm facing in means, well, the opposite of the peace sign. It derives from the middle ages when French soldiers would cut these two fingers off of English bowman so they couldn't shoot anymore. The English would in turn flash their two fingers back at them as a taunt. The gesture still exists today, although it has morphed into a more modern "F--- off." Waggle your tongue in the middle of the fingers for added sexual connotations.
Bras díHonneur
Bras díHonneur - Europe and the Americas
The ďArm of HonorĒ is known by many names, but they all essentially mean the same thing: up yours.

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Thumbs up - Iran
Thumbs up - Iran
A positive gesture in most of the world, in Iran the thumbs up is the equivalent of the Finger.
The Moutza - Greece
The Moutza - Greece
The Greeks aren't big into high fives. Throwing your hand out at someone suggests they "eat shit." It can be done politely (Fingers touching) or with extra punch (The Double Moutza).

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The OK Sign - South America
The OK Sign - South America
Similar to the Thumbs Up, itís widely known as a positive gesture. However South America doesnít like the gesture so much. Brazil considers it the finger, and in Venezuela you are calling someone a guy with an extremely large rear end.
The Fig/Dulya - Russia
The Fig/Dulya - Russia
Donít play ďGot Your NoseĒ in Russia. They wonít take it too kindly because it means "up yours." It's usually used when someone asks you for money.

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The French Hole - France
The French Hole - France
In France, moving your middle finger in and out of your other fist means that person takes a you-know-what up the you-know-where
The Wanker - England
The Wanker - England
A most distinguished way to insult a most distinguished British man.

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The Cutis - India and Pakistan
The Cutis - India and Pakistan
In India & Pakistan, if someone gives you grief, hook your thumbnail behind your front teeth and then flick your thumb at the person. It's a fun way of saying "screw you."
The Dog Call - Indonesia
The Dog Call - Indonesia
In Indonesia, you can call dogs with this gesture just fine. Using this gesture to call a human over, however, might result in you getting stoned. Make sure itís worth it.

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The Crossed Fingers - Vietnam
The Crossed Fingers - Vietnam
In Vietnam crossing your fingers doesnít get you out of a promise. It does, however, call someone an explicit part of the female genitalia.
Reverse Finger - Egypt
Reverse Finger - Egypt
Egypt hates the middle finger so much they decided to reverse it but have it stand for the same thing.

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The Crossed Fingers - Vietnam
The Crossed Fingers - Vietnam
In Vietnam crossing your fingers doesnít get you out of a promise. It does, however, call someone an explicit part of the female genitalia.
The Concha - Chile
The Concha - Chile
Chile gets creative with their insults, giving us one no one else has. Make a slight shell shape with your hand, thrust it upward, and youíve successfully told that guy the very specific message that his mother has dryness issues.

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Donkey Ride - Saudi Arabia
Donkey Ride - Saudi Arabia
A complicated Saudi Arabian gesture, placing your left index finger under your touching right index finger and thumb indicates you will ride your opponent like a donkey (and not in a sexual way). Which is apparently very offensive in the Middle East.
The Tapita - Chile
The Tapita - Chile
Another creative gesture from Chile, tapping your palm over a cylinder made with your other hand is the Chilean way of saying someone has small genitals.

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The Shakespeare - English Majors
In Romeo & Juliet, a fight is started when Samson bites his finger. In Elizabethan times, biting your thumb was the equivalent of "fighting words." If you ever wanted to throw down with an English major, you know what to do.