Culture Shock

7 Jun

It is sometimes interesting to observe how the sign language of a society changes with the general affluence levels.
In India if you have to ask anyone for light you normally make the sign of striking a match in the air, while in the west you have to hold an imaginary lighter and click it.

One Response to “Culture Shock”

  1. Idle Thoughts June 12, 2007 at 8:02 am #


    language too is interesting.

    in vidarbha, where i grew up hep meant to fuck.

    in shillong, in the khasi language hep meant pure.

    in khasi you say khai when you mean to say fuck.

    but in paitei, one of the languages spoken in manipur, khai means pure.

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