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Wolf-whistling or finger whistling is a type of whistling in which fingers are inserted in the mouth to produce a louder and more penetrating tone.
A wolf-whistle is a two-toned sound (like 'whip-woo') commonly made using the above technique to show high interest or approval of something or someone (originally a young girl or woman thought to be physically/sexually attractive). Today, in English-speaking countries, wolf-whistling is considered a form of sexual harassment.
According to Adam Edwards of Daily Express, the wolf-whistle originates from the navy General Call made with a boatswain's pipe. The general call is made on a ship to get the attention of all hands for an announcement. Sailors in harbour would whistle the general call upon seeing a sexy, attractive woman in order to draw fellow sailors' attention to her. It was eventually picked up by passers-by, not knowing the real meaning of the whistle, and passed on.[better source needed] Doubt was cast upon this explanation by lexicographer Grant Barrett who noted that it was very thinly supported during a 2015 broadcast of A Way with Words.
Form an "OK" sign with the hand, slightly outstanding the thumb. Bend the index finger then insert the fingers into the mouth against the tongue, making the tongue form a hole on the left. Blow.
- Murali, D. "Childish treble, pipes and whistles in sound". Business Line. 27 January 2006.
- "Wolf-whistling is just the start – harassment is not harmless". The Guardian. March 8, 2012. Retrieved December 18, 2014.
- "Wolf-whistling "could be made illegal" under new European convention". The Daily Telegraph. March 8, 2012. Retrieved December 18, 2014.
- "'Wolf-whistling isn't fun, it's humiliating': Hollaback! campaign aims to end street harassment". Hull Daily Mail. June 17, 2014. Retrieved December 18, 2014.
- Edwards, Adam. "You just put your lips together and wolf whistle". Daily Express. 4 August 2011.
- Barrett, Grant. "Wolf Whistle". A Way with Words. 11 December 2015.
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