A guide to body-language etiquette around the world.
THE NOSE ONE USED TO CONFUSE ME SO MUCH
I remember reading so many books as a kid where the characters “touched a finger to their nose” or “laid a finger alongside their nose” and from context I guessed it meant “secret” but I was so confused because I had never seen anyone do that and it seemed awkward and silly to me.
Now I FINALLY have an explanation!
I would have never figured that out.
For a long time I thought maybe it was just a weird way of describing a “shhh” finger gesture.
Puerto Ricans point with their lips omg
I’ve seen people in my family, especially my mom, do it a lot, but I didn’t know it was like a THING
I point with my lips all the time! I had no idea it was a cultural thing but now I realize a lot of people in my family do it too. You just told me so much about my culture through such a little gesture omg
Depiction of Santa Claus will show he puts a finger to his nose sometimes when somebody catches him before he leaves. Like “ssssssh secret”.
Heh, it’s funny- coming from a Filipino family, I did the whole chin/lip pointing thing all the time. I didn’t really think much of it and neither did my friends or people I encountered. It only became apparent to me that I even did it when I read a book about the World War II Navajo Code Talkers, and it mentioned how the main character used his chin to point to something.
It made me realize “holy shit, I do that.”