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    Wink Are there other names for a V-sign gesture?

    Hi,

    Are there other names for a V-sign gesture (in the good sense)?

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    On this Time page ( 1,000 Words: Senior Class Picture - Swampland - TIME.com ),
    [T]his pic was taken immediately before Sarah Palin rushed up behind Obama with split-finger “bunny ears” behind his head.

    (This sentence appears in the second comment)
    Does "bunny ears" mean the V-sign gesture?
    If yes, is it the use of a particular region?



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    Default Re: Are there other names for a V-sign gesture?

    As far as I know, "V-sign" means Victory and "bunny ears" or rabbit ears refers to indoor TV antenna/aerial

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    Default Re: Are there other names for a V-sign gesture?

    Hi,

    I know that a V-sign gesture can stand for "victory," which I am accustomed to in my country. However, in Britian, a V-sign gesture carries positive and negative messages.

    According to the context, the "bunny ears" doesn't mean "TV antenna." I myself think it might mean a V-sign gesture, but I'm not sure.

    I just wonder whether there are other ways to call a V-sign gesture.


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    Default Re: Are there other names for a V-sign gesture?

    In the US, the "V" sign has long been known as the "peace sign."

    I know a lot of folks refer to the sign as "bunny ears" when held behind someone's head, but when I was growing up we called that gesture "devil horms." That phraseology could've been strictly a regional thing, though.

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    Default Re: Are there other names for a V-sign gesture?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    In the US, the "V" sign has long been known as the "peace sign."

    I know a lot of folks refer to the sign as "bunny ears" when held behind someone's head, but when I was growing up we called that gesture "devil horms." That phraseology could've been strictly a regional thing, though.
    Sticking the sign behind someone's head is called the "bunny sign" or "giving them rabbit ears" and so on.

    I read that this is a bowdleriztion of the original meaning -- to "give someone horns" -- which means you are calling him a cockold. The expression "putting horns" or putting the horns" on someone means to make him a cockold, so using the V sign behind his head means that you are saying that someone has put horns on him -- that is, someone has made him a cockold.

    However, I did not find that in this long Wiki article about this gesture
    V sign - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Default Re: Are there other names for a V-sign gesture?

    Apparently, this is how you make a cuckold sign these days:
    BBC NEWS | World | Europe | MP's cuckold sign shocks Portugal

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    Default Re: Are there other names for a V-sign gesture?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Apparently, this is how you make a cuckold sign these days:
    BBC NEWS | World | Europe | MP's cuckold sign shocks Portugal
    Ha ha! That's pretty funny! I think it's not too rare for disruptions to break out in congresses -- apparently feelings run high.

    Here's Shakespeare on the word "cuckoo" (from Loves Labors Lost, I think)

    When Daisies Pied and Violets Blue

    When daisies pied and violets blue
    And lady-smocks all silver-white
    And cuckoo-buds of yellow hue
    Do paint the meadows with delight,
    The cuckoo then, on every tree,
    Mocks married men; for thus sings he,
    Cuckoo;
    Cuckoo, cuckoo: O, word of fear,
    Unpleasing to a married ear!

    When shepherds pipe on oaten straws,
    And merry larks are ploughmen's clocks,
    When turtles tread, and rooks, and daws,
    And maidens bleach their summer smocks,
    The cuckoo then, on every tree,
    Mocks married men; for thus sings he,
    Cuckoo;
    Cuckoo, cuckoo: O, word of fear,
    Unpleasing to a married ear!

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