I did a trick on é, no no, not that kinda a trick, the trick that people do on kids to make it look like you stole their nose. Anyway… after doing it you’re supposed to show the nose peaking out through your fingers – é was horrified! Not that I pretended to steal her nose but instead that I was making a rude gesture. I was convinced it wasn’t she was… so google had to come to the rescue and I found some startling news… it was rude!
The Fig: The mano fico (literally ‘fig hand’) is believed to be of Roman origin and originally meant good luck or fertility. The sexual connotation derives from the hand’s similarity to a woman’s vagina (fica is often Italian slang for “vulva”), The tip of thumb is supposed to represent the clitoris. As can be seen from the above picture, the fist forces blood to the thumb thus making it a darker (clitoral) red. However, used today its meaning is generally equivalent to “fuck you!” This hand sign is highly insulting to Turks and Italians. Asian Indians may well see this as a threatening gesture.