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A Beckoning sign is a type of gesture intended to beckon or call-over someone or something. It is usually translated into "come here". This form of nonverbal communication varies from culture to culture, each having a relatively unique method of indicating invitation or enticement.
Around the world
In the United States, the "beckoning finger" or the "beckoning palm" are the most common gestures implying beckoning. Both are accomplished by up-turning the palm, and extending and retracting either one finger while keeping the rest clenched in a fist or by extending and retracting all of the fingers, all while keeping the palm upturned.
The American beckoning sign is considered an insult in Japan, signifying a dog or other animal. To beckon in Japan, the hand is placed at head-level, palm facing out, and four fingers scratch the length of the hand.
In North African and Middle Eastern countries, beckoning is signified using the entire hand performing a vertical sweeping motion towards the signer.
In the Philippines, beckoning someone in the American fashion is regarded rude and fit only for dogs. It may also be punishable by arrest. The acceptable way to call someone is four fingers pointing down, palm facing the beckoner.
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- Gayle Cotton (August 13, 2013). "Gestures to Avoid in Cross-Cultural Business: In Other Words, 'Keep Your Fingers to Yourself!'". The Huffington Post. Retrieved August 8, 2016.