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11th Nov '16 5:10:31 PM luiz4200
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* There's a joke on the varied warnings against talking to bus drivers. The joke says that, in Italy, the warning says not to talk to the driver because they need their hands to drive.
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31st Aug '16 4:12:42 AM karstovich2
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* Justice Antonin Scalia (who is of Sicilian ancestry) of the [[UsefulNotes/AmericanCourts U.S. Supreme Court]], when asked to respond to his many critics, famously cupped his hand under his chin and flicked it toward the questioner. Many news outlets reported this to mean "fuck off," but Scalia claimed the gesture is actually used in Sicilian culture to mean "I couldn't care less."

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* The late Justice Antonin Scalia (who is was of Sicilian ancestry) ancestry and quite proud of it) of the [[UsefulNotes/AmericanCourts U.S. Supreme Court]], when asked to respond to his many critics, famously cupped his hand under his chin and flicked it toward the questioner. Many news outlets reported this to mean "fuck off," but Scalia claimed the gesture is actually used in Sicilian culture to mean "I couldn't care less."
8th Aug '16 10:18:45 AM Morgenthaler
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8th Aug '16 10:10:55 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''EarthTheBook'', on the development of verbal language:

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* ''EarthTheBook'', ''Literature/EarthTheBook'', on the development of verbal language:
30th Jul '16 5:44:49 PM nombretomado
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* ''DaveBarry[='=]s [[BlatantLies Only Travel Guide You'll Ever Need]]'' claims that the Dutch speak "Dutch, English, French, German, Flemish and Frantic Arm Gestures".

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* ''DaveBarry[='=]s ''Creator/DaveBarry[='=]s [[BlatantLies Only Travel Guide You'll Ever Need]]'' claims that the Dutch speak "Dutch, English, French, German, Flemish and Frantic Arm Gestures".
17th Apr '16 3:25:42 PM Fireblood
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Exaggerations apart, this trope is a case of TruthInTelevision. It isn't strictly Italian, though, the custom being common around the Mediterranean (Greeks, Lebanese, Spaniards and Egyptians are all widely noted for their fondness for gesticulation), owing to a long history of trade and other interaction between peoples who speak different languages (gestures can get a message across well even with the most limited of speech). Note though that not only movies wildly exaggerate the whole thing but actually, most Italians don't gesticulate ''at all''; needless to say, [[BerserkButton this trope tends to annoy them quite a lot]].

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Exaggerations apart, this trope is a case of TruthInTelevision. It isn't strictly Italian, though, the custom being common around the Mediterranean (Greeks, Lebanese, Spaniards and Egyptians are all widely noted for their fondness for gesticulation), owing to a long history of trade and other interaction between peoples who speak different languages (gestures can get a message across well even with the most limited of speech). Note though that not only do movies wildly exaggerate the whole thing but actually, most Italians don't gesticulate ''at all''; needless to say, [[BerserkButton this trope tends to annoy them quite a lot]].
4th Apr '16 1:27:54 AM Chabal2
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* ''Series/LookAroundYou'' has one video end with "In the next programmen we will look at: Italians". Showing a man with electrodes all over his body and yes, gesticulating wildly.

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* ''Series/LookAroundYou'' has one video end with "In the next programmen program, we will look at: Italians". Showing a man with electrodes all over his body and yes, gesticulating wildly.
27th Nov '15 11:39:30 AM nombretomado
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* In a ''SaturdayNightLive'' sketch, January Jones as a HouseWife from TheFifties advises viewers that if Italians come to your party, give them enough space to talk with their hands.
* During their trip to Italy on ''ILoveLucy'', Lucy assures Ethel that she knows enough Italian to get by, by demonstrating the different hand gestures she's learned--including the ones for "wonderful", "who knows?", and "get me a large pizza". The latter gesture is then used by two different Italians later in the episode.

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* In a ''SaturdayNightLive'' ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' sketch, January Jones as a HouseWife from TheFifties advises viewers that if Italians come to your party, give them enough space to talk with their hands.
* During their trip to Italy on ''ILoveLucy'', ''Series/ILoveLucy'', Lucy assures Ethel that she knows enough Italian to get by, by demonstrating the different hand gestures she's learned--including the ones for "wonderful", "who knows?", and "get me a large pizza". The latter gesture is then used by two different Italians later in the episode.
13th Oct '15 10:04:01 PM karstovich2
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* Justice Antonin Scalia (who is of Sicilian ancestry) of the [[UsefulNotes/AmericanCourts U.S. Supreme Court]], when asked to respond to his many critics, famously cupped his hand under his chin and flicked it toward the questioner. Many news outlets reported this to mean "fuck off," but Scalia claimed the gesture is actually used in Sicilian culture to mean "I couldn't care less."
9th Oct '15 2:59:21 PM nombretomado
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* The very first time PercyJackson spots siblings Bianca and Nico di Angelo from across a room, he notes they're doing this. However, it doesn't seem to be a habit (neither of them are ever mentioned to do it again) and might only have been because they were arguing.

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* The very first time PercyJackson Literature/{{Percy Jackson|and the Olympians}} spots siblings Bianca and Nico di Angelo from across a room, he notes they're doing this. However, it doesn't seem to be a habit (neither of them are ever mentioned to do it again) and might only have been because they were arguing.
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