A Nice Gesture by Jeroen Arendsen

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The Good, the Bad and the Finger

I just rewatched Top Gun featuring young buck Tom Cruise as a feisty US fighterpilot. In the beginning he gives the finger to a mysterious bogey in a MIG. He is not allowed to pull the trigger so this is how he scares the attacker off:

Uncle Tom Scares of the Enemy How old and widespread is the classical digitus impudicus?

The event becomes part of the plot and the tension between girl Charlie and boy Maverick (scene transcript from IMDb):

Charlie: Eh lieutenant, what were you doing there?
Maverick: Communicating. Keeping up foreign relations. You know, giving him the bird!
Goose: [Charlie looks puzzled, so Goose clarifies] You know, the finger
[gestures appropriately]
Charlie: Yes, I know the finger, Goose.
Goose: I-I’m sorry, I hate it when it does that, I’m sorry. Excuse me.

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1 Comment

  1. ED

    “Do you see the red nudibranch near the yellow shell?”

    Hi Jeroen, eindelijk is het zover ik heb gebloged/ben aan ‘t bloggen. Site ziet er gaaf uit, leuke verhalen bovendien.

    Wist je trouwens dat de gebaren die duikers maken gebaseerd zijn op de amrikaanse gebarentaal? De meeste kennen er maar een stuk of tien, maar sommigen gaan zover dat ze een cursus volgen om ook zaken als kleuren en vissen aan te kunnen duiden. Met 100 gebaren kom je al een heel eind.

    http://www.saintbrendan.com/Nov4/UWsigning.html

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