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Should you ever find yourself in an Iranian carpet souk and want to signal to the rug dealer that he’s finally named a price you can agree on, please don’t give him the thumbs-up. You’d actually be telling him where he could stick his offer – not the desired effect.
Giving someone the finger – showing them your raised middle digit, palm towards you – might be the most widespread obscene gesture in western countries (it probably originated in ancient Greece and was spread by the Romans) but you’ll find on your travels that almost any protruding digit will cause offence somewhere. In the Philippines summoning someone with a finger is considered suitable only for dogs and is punishable by arrest.