On 07/05/2023 11:22, Rod Speed wrote:
> On Sat, 06 May 2023 22:07:28 +1000, Carlos E.R.
> <robin_...@es.invalid> wrote:
>> On 2023-04-01 19:56, Commander Kinsey wrote:
>>> First time I saw someone repeatedly lowering his flat palm, I
>>> thought (and so did the colleague I was car sharing with) he was
>>> trying to tell us we'd left something open. Apparently he was
>>> telling us to slow down as there was an accident ahead.
I thought the Highway Code says it's "I am prepared/suggest you overtake
(or some such).
>>> I was once on holiday reversing out of a layby on a blind bend in
>>> the countryside. A German tourist raised one finger in the air. I
>>> assumed that meant "it's ok to go", so I reversed and nearly slammed
>>> into a passing car. Apparently he meant "wait". Typical German
>>> efficiency, only use a single finger instead of the whole hand to
>>> stop someone.
>> Means "one minute". Wait a minute. Universal. :-p
> Nothing like universal. Never heard of that and doesnt happen here.
Neither have I. It might mean, "Please keep quiet" in company or a meeting.
(*Two* fingers of course means "Fuck off," probably in Oz as well is the UK.