Hand Gestures: The Origin Stories Will Surely Surprise You



People around the globe have been using these common hand gestures but not all know the origin story of each gesture and how it started.

Thumbs-up or Thumbs-down

This gesture was originally used in Ancient Rome, based on the article from Reader’s Digest. Thumbs-up meant death for a gladiator while the other way around meant life.

However, centuries passed and these pair of hand gesture developed different implications. Currently, people are using thumbs-up to indicate positive while the thumbs-down means negative.

Hand Gestures
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