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Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Midweek magazines

 Hello, hello!
Let us jump decades back in time, and have a good read: it's LIFE magazine, January 9th 1950.

♥♥ Gesture Language 
(How different peoples talk with their hands is told in the new book)

This wine is fine - these five agree. The Sicilian standing at left pinches his cheek to show his pleasure; 
the American girl in center makes a sign of satisfaction with a familiar U.S, gesture;
Brasilian at right pinches the lobe of his ear;
the seated French girl kisses her fingers,
and the Colombian at lower right happily pulls his eyelid.

Aldough each of the people in the above picture is making a different gesture, they are all saying the same thing: this wine is terrific. They are making different gestures because they are from different nationalities. If the wine had been ever more terrific, the Brazilian standing at the right might have reached around behind his head and pintch his other ear to prove his point. He and the others are friends od Dr Mario Pei, gathered together by him to illustrate some gestures which Pei touches on in a new book The Story of Language (Lippincott $5). Dr Pei, a Columbia Univesity professo, estimates there are some 700,000 gestures tucked away in different parts of the world. Some of them are quick and simple, like a shruk or a nod of the head. Others are historical in their origin, like the salute, derived from a motion medevial knights made when they rasied visors. But gestures can be confusing. To see how they vary in meaning and method from country to country, turn the page.

Till next time! 

♥♥ Pinky Honey

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