A Nice Gesture by Jeroen Arendsen

Various personal interests and public info, gesture, signs, language, social robotics, healthcare, innovation, music, publications, etc.

Gesturing Justice Scalia Explains

A judge in America, mr Scalia, recently earned major media attention because he made a gesture. The form: cupping the hand under the chin and flicking the fingers like a backward wave. It was interpreted as ‘Va fan’ culo‘ by the gathered journalists and photograpers. He explained it himself (in a letter) as meaning “I couldn’t care less, no business of mine. Count me out.”

Sources: Boston Herald 1, 2, Photographer fired, NBC, CNN, 3, moodza?

Updates: There’s a Wikipedia entry now, calling it Sicilian. I checked with a guy from Ravenna (north) and he said it’s common in all of Italy. The wiki entry further states that two gestures were mixed up. I think it was only a matter of different interpretations of the same gesture. Elsewhere, the Nation published The Nino Scalia Guide to Sicilian Hand Gestures in mockery.


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1 Comment

  1. Jeroen Arendsen

    There is a good analyses at Intercultural Blog from dr. Hart.

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