(Last Updated On: March 31, 2015)

Keep your hands where I can see them! That’s a line that you’ll hear in every cheesy hollywood flick that has the cops and thieves story. This is exactly what you’ll feel once you read through this list of offensive gestures that you gotta be careful about when travelling overseas. Remember! what might mean ‘okay’ to you can actually turn out to be an abuse elsewhere! We did our job, now it’s upto you to keep these in your mind! All the best!

  1. The Okay

    The-Okay---Gestures-Around-The-World

    What you mean to say:
    Wow! My trip here has been nothing but heaven, topped with chocolate sauce and sprinkles!

    What you might be saying:
    Wow! My Trip here has been nothing but trouble, you can all go to hell!

  2. The Thumbs Up

    The-Thumbs-Up---Gestures-Around-The-World

    What you mean to say:
    Alright, yes, I agree with what you say/ All the Best!

    What you might be saying:
    All the best, Up Yours!

  3.  The Crossed Fingers

    The-Crossed-Fingers---Gestures-Around-The-World

    What you mean to say:
    Wish me good luck!

    What you might be saying:
    Yes, I hate this, and hence I’m making a sign to represent female genitalia.

  4. The Fig

    The-Fig---Gestures-Around-The-World

    What you mean to say:
    To a kid, “Look I got your nose!”

    What you might be saying:
    To the kid, “Get Lost!”

  5. The ‘V’ Sign

    The-V-Sign---Gestures-Around-The-World

    What you mean to say: (With the palm inward)
    Peace out, Bro!

    What you might be saying:
    No peace brother, this is war!
    (George Bush visited Australia and, from the window of his limousine, held up his index and middle fingers in the “V” shape, with the palm facing inwards a la Winston Churchill.)

  6. The come here

    The-Come-Here---Gestures-Around-The-World

    What you mean to say:
    Hey you, yes you! Come here!

    What you might be saying:
    Hey you Dog! Get over here!

  7. The Point

    The-Point---Gestures-Around-The-World

    What you mean to say:
    I am gonna have two beers!

    What you might be saying:
    I am not having any more beers, these are terrible!

  8. The downwards palm wave

    The-Downward-Palm-Wave---Gestures-Around-The-World

    What you mean to say:
    Go away, shoo shoo!

    What you might be saying:
    Hey you! Come here, closer!

  9. The outward hand

    The-Outward-Hand---Gestures-Around-The-World

    What you mean to say:
    Woah! Please don’t serve me anymore food, this much is enough.

    What you might be saying:
    Woah! Why are you serving me more food? I told you not to, I am gonna rub handfuls of dirt on your face.

  10. The Horned Fingers

    The-Horn-Fingers---Gestures-Around-The-World

    What you mean to say:
    Wohhhhoooo! I am having so very much fun, this band is great, my friends are great, the world is amazing!

    What you might be saying:
    Woohhhooo! Everything is great, but your wife is sleeping with someone else.

  11. The Five fathers

    Five-Fathers

    What you think you are saying:
    Actually, no, you aren’t saying anything, you probably just have fidgety hands.

    What you might be saying:
    The legitimacy of your mother and father claiming parenthood is in serious doubt!

  12. The Three fingered salute

    The-Raised-Arm-Salute---Gestures-Around-The-World

    What you think you are saying:
    I love Katniss Everdeen! I love Gayle! I love Hunger Games! I am raising my hand in salute!

    What you might be saying:
    I hate the government! I hate what it has done to my life! I am against everything!