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4th Jan '17 9:31:34 AM Akaihiryuu
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* MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic: In a case of both this and ShownTheirWork, this is why the ponies are afraid of Zecora when she first goes to Ponyville. She digs her hoof into the ground, which is something that zebras do in real life to search for water. Unfortunately for her, for horses, this is a threat gesture.

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* MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic: In a case of both this and ShownTheirWork, this is why the ponies are afraid of Zecora when she first goes to Ponyville. She digs her hoof into the ground, which is something that zebras do in real life to search for water. Unfortunately for her, for horses, this is a threat gesture. When Twilight goes to meet her, the other ponies warn her that Zecora is "scary and threatening". She WAS, it was just due to a misunderstanding rather than malicious intent.
4th Jan '17 9:28:53 AM Akaihiryuu
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* MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic: In a case of both this and ShownTheirWork, this is why the ponies are afraid of Zecora when she first goes to Ponyville. She digs her hoof into the ground, which is something that zebras do in real life to search for water. Unfortunately for her, for horses, this is a threat gesture.
1st Jan '17 11:52:53 PM cbaker
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* In ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'', Lilo's sister tries to prompt Lilo from behind the social worker's back. It all goes well until Lilo misinterprets an enthusiastic gesture as "I get... disciplined? Five times a day!"
27th Dec '16 10:23:32 PM Ashybuttons
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* In ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', the LiteralMinded Drax doesn't understand why he would want to press his finger against Thanos's throat. Peter tries to explain it's a symbol for slitting his throat, but Drax doesn't want to do that either. He wants to behead him.

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* In ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', the LiteralMinded Drax doesn't understand why he would want to press his finger against Thanos's Ronan's throat. Peter tries to explain it's a symbol for slitting his throat, but Drax doesn't want to do that either. He wants to behead him.
27th Dec '16 8:18:02 PM Montanto
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* There's an old linguist joke about a linguist who is trying to learn a culture's language. Everything they point at has the same word in that language. At first the linguist thinks they have discovered a language consisting of a single word... Until they learn that the word they've been hearing is the culture's word for "finger".
22nd Dec '16 5:12:50 PM TwilightLord
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Homer at the Bat", Homer is playing baseball on the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant team, and Mr Burns is the manager. Unfortunately, Homer zones out while Mr Burns is explaining what the signals are, and later, when Homer is up to bat, Mr Burns starts doing a series of strange actions. Homer has no idea what he's trying to say, and gets hit in the head with the ball and knocked out as a result.
21st Dec '16 1:01:47 PM pob14
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* In ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'', Nani tries to signal appropriate answers to Lilo as Cobra Bubbles questions her about their home situation, but Lilo gets them ''very'' wrong.
-->'''Lilo:''' <gives appropriate answer>
-->'''Nani:''' <celebrates with fist pump>
-->'''Lilo:''' And get disciplined!
-->'''Cobra Bubbles:''' Disciplined?
-->'''Lilo:''' Yeah, she disciplines me real good!
-->'''Nani:''' <tries to wave her off with an open hand>
-->'''Lilo:''' Sometimes five times a day!
21st Dec '16 1:00:01 PM pob14
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* In ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'', Nani tries to signal appropriate answers to Lilo as Cobra Bubbles questions her about their home situation, but Lilo gets them ''very'' wrong.
-->'''Lilo:''' <gives appropriate answer>
-->'''Nani:''' <celebrates with fist pump>
-->'''Lilo:''' And get disciplined!
-->'''Cobra Bubbles:''' Disciplined?
-->'''Lilo:''' Yeah, she disciplines me real good!
-->'''Nani:''' <tries to wave her off with an open hand>
-->'''Lilo:''' Sometimes five times a day!



21st Dec '16 8:30:57 AM Thesedaysthosedays
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* ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} has a subversion: Garfield successfully mimes a message to Jon ("You're standing in my food"), but Jon doesn't get that he is, in fact, ankle-deep in Garfield's food bowl.

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* ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} has a subversion: Garfield successfully mimes a message to Jon ("You're standing in my food"), but Jon doesn't get that he is, in fact, ankle-deep in Garfield's food bowl. He thinks it's just a game of Charades, where he was supposed to guess a message (like a movie title) that has nothing to do with the situation at hand.
21st Dec '16 3:50:19 AM Erkhyan
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* In the ''Literature/XWingSeries'' this trope is mentioned when it is explained to Dia that charm-signing, a body language/gestures thing, is, like flowers, another way people communicate.
--> '''Dia:''' It's a human custom. A new way to miscommunicate so you can find reason to kill each other.
--> '''Face:''' That's an interesting interpretation...
* In ''[[Literature/HandOfThrawn Specter of the Past]]'', Wedge Antilles, two other Rogues, and Lando Calrissian all meet somewhere in a marketplace, and while the other two Rogues know the local language and customs, at least to some extent, Wedge and Lando do not. Wedge barely makes it past a very pushy melon seller to see Wes.
--> '''Wes''': For a big bad X-wing warrior, you're sure rotten at saying no.
--> '''Wedge''': I didn't buy it, did I? Where were you when I needed you?
--> '''Wes''': Oh, I caught most of the show. I especially liked the part where you gave her that palms-outward sign.
--> '''Wedge''': That doesn't mean 'no' here?
--> '''Wes''': Not quite. It means you don't want it at that price but that she might want to try a better offer.
** Lando meets up with them after a while, [[BrickJoke with a melon under his arm]].
* ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'' has a scene where Zak is [[PeopleJars floating in a bacta tank]] and can't hear a thing. His sister has discovered something terrible and suspicious about the facility he's in and tries mouthing it, but [[ReadingLips he can't read lips]] and her miming doesn't make much sense, though he ''can'' at least tell something's up. Finally she hits on something, but it takes a bit.

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* ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'':
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In the ''Literature/XWingSeries'' this trope is mentioned when it is explained to Dia that charm-signing, a body language/gestures thing, is, like flowers, another way people communicate.
--> ---> '''Dia:''' It's a human custom. A new way to miscommunicate so you can find reason to kill each other.
-->
other.\\
'''Face:''' That's an interesting interpretation...
* ** In ''[[Literature/HandOfThrawn Specter of the Past]]'', Wedge Antilles, two other Rogues, and Lando Calrissian all meet somewhere in a marketplace, and while the other two Rogues know the local language and customs, at least to some extent, Wedge and Lando do not. Wedge barely makes it past a very pushy melon seller to see Wes.
--> ---> '''Wes''': For a big bad X-wing warrior, you're sure rotten at saying no.
-->
no.\\
'''Wedge''': I didn't buy it, did I? Where were you when I needed you?
-->
you?\\
'''Wes''': Oh, I caught most of the show. I especially liked the part where you gave her that palms-outward sign.
-->
sign.\\
'''Wedge''': That doesn't mean 'no' here?
-->
here?\\
'''Wes''': Not quite. It means you don't want it at that price but that she might want to try a better offer.
** *** Lando meets up with them after a while, [[BrickJoke with a melon under his arm]].
* ** ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'' has a scene where Zak is [[PeopleJars floating in a bacta tank]] and can't hear a thing. His sister has discovered something terrible and suspicious about the facility he's in and tries mouthing it, but [[ReadingLips he can't read lips]] and her miming doesn't make much sense, though he ''can'' at least tell something's up. Finally she hits on something, but it takes a bit.
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