I've got your nose

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I've Got Your Nose is a children's game found mainly in the Anglosphere in which one person simulates plucking the nose of another (usually a small child) from their face. The first person forms a fist, and puts the knuckles of the index and middle fingers on either side of the child's nose.[1] The fist is then withdrawn from the child's face with the thumb of the "thief" protruding between the index and middle fingers; the thumb represents the stolen nose. This motion is often accompanied by an exclamation such as "I've got your nose!"

The child may chase the nose thief to retrieve their nose or may retaliate by stealing the first person's (or someone else's) nose. The "nose" may then be replaced by pressing the thumb to the child's nose and withdrawing the hand, showing the child that the taker no longer possesses the child's nose.[1]

This game is commonly played between children, as well as between adults (e.g., parents, grandparents, uncles) and their young relatives. Young children to the age of 2 or 3 often find the game amusing.[2]

This game also exists out of the Anglosphere. For instance in France : "Je t'ai volé/piqué ton nez !" (I stole your nose).

The "got your nose" hand position may be used in Thai yoga massage to protect the tendons of the thumbs.[3]

In certain cultures, such as in Korea,[4] and Turkey[5] displaying the "got your nose" hand position may be seen as vulgar or otherwise impolite.

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  1. ^ a b Haws, Ileen. Nothin' 2 Do. 2008. p.46.
  2. ^ Jones, Katina Z. The Everything Get Ready for Baby Book. 2007. p.235.
  3. ^ Reed, Heath and Nicole Errico-Reed. Table Thai Yoga Massage. 2014. p.85.
  4. ^ Waterhouse, Matthew. Konglish. 2012. p.45.
  5. ^ Hagen, Shelly. Body Language Basics. 2011.
  6. ^ Ragnar (2004). Got Your Nose: A True Story. Baby Tattoo Books. ISBN 0-9729388-1-8. 
  7. ^ "Insane Clown Poppy". The Simpsons. Season 12. Episode BABF17. 2000-11-12.