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    Is there a special term, or an idiom, to describe a prank consisting in one person's putting horns (a V-sign) behind the other person's head when photographed?
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    Re: idiom

    Quote Originally Posted by vanveen View Post
    Is there a special term, or an idiom, to describe a prank consisting in one person's putting horns (a V-sign) behind the other person's head when photographed?
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    Not that I know of.

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    Not that I know of.
    So how would you describe this?

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    She made bunny ears behind his head for the picture.

    (We call them bunny ears, not horns.)
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: idiom

    The rude one is the "two-fingered salute".

    I'm not sure if there's an idiom for the "V for victory" salute, so, I hereby coin the following in want of a better phrase:

    "Giving him/her the Winston".


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    To me, a two-fingered salute is not putting two fingers behind someone's head, which I would call bunny ears too. A two-fingered salute is the same as flicking a V- the deliberately rude gesture in the UK made by raising the first two fingers in a V.

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    Whether it's obscene or not depends on the palm, yes? Palm facing person making gesture=obscene, palm facing audience=V for victory (not obscene) sign?

    I have to ask because I'm an American and that distinction is unknown here. An American wishing to deliver an insult with the hand would give the finger, as shown here.

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    That's right. You will also see the US-style single middle finger being given in the UK.

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