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This is kind of a touchy subject. Most nationalities have distinct hand gestures for from "come here" to "bug off". Mexico, also, has its own.
I just came across:
A Lesson in Mexican Gestures | Gadling.com
which forever swore me off forming on O sign with my thumb and forefinger to signify ok.
Any more insights?
Thanks for the link - there is a discussion on hand gestures in the thread "How I Spent Semana Santa by..." well modesty prevents me. I love learning new cultures!
 

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This is actually very useful......as a frequent traveler, I often 'speak' with my hands and do not like offending anyone......good stuff....thank you !
 

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In most cases (especially Muslim) never show the bottom of your feet to your guest or hust or in public. The very American gesture of leaning back and putting one's feet up his a gesture of great disrespect in most Muslim and African cultures. In Vietnamese Culture to term someone 'my lai' is to tell them they are the 'dirt beneath your feet'. Pointing one's finger at someone is a dangerous gesture in many cultures, as well.
 

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I have seen a couple of others .

Share or give us a piece: Mochate = A chopping motion on the forearm .

Queer or clownish = Payaso or jotito = A twist of the index finger on the side of the chin .

The height of an animal = Hold out an open hand with thumb pointing up

The height of a person = Closed fist with index finger pointing up
 
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