Step 13: Umbrella Gesture

The italian version of the middle finger (F*** you).

Put your hand on the middle of the other arm and bend that arm a little.

It's called Umbrella because your arm obtain the shape of an old umbrella handle.

It literally means what I said in the beggining:

"F*** you".

It's maybe the most rude gesture of our repertory, and I suggest to avoid using it in almost any occasion, or your vacations in Italy can end badly XD

Grazie mille, Darthoso, mio paesano - great instructable! You really took me back to my childhood in the Little Italy section of Newark, New Jersey. But I wonder if there are dialects in gestures too? My Calabrese grandparents explained to me some very different meanings for two of these. In my family, the #18 "bite your hand" (or alternately, "bite your fist") was a sign of exasperation with someone else, roughly meaning "You are driving me crazy, and if you don't stop, you're going to be very sorry!" It was often accompanied by "Mannaggia mia!" And your #5 (the chin flick) would have resulted in a fist fight anywhere in the New York City or New Jersey area. It was considered a very offensive gesture, not quite as bad as vaffa***la (the umbrella hook gesture), but more like "Up yours!"
<p>Interesting! Thanks for the info! :)</p>
<p><br>About the &quot;umbrella gesture&quot;...<iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="281" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/cFAFHXyOw1U" width="500"></iframe></p>
<p>National treasure</p>
great instructable! gonna suprise my italian freinds with one or two of these when I go back to uni haha
<p>Ahahah for sure! :D Thanks for passing by!</p>
<p>Usually I do not favour the common places about Italian habits. However this post made us laugh for quarter hour. Good one, continua cos&igrave;.</p>
<p>Thanks a lot! Glad you liked it</p>
Molto bene! I took some classes in Italian back in university, but they certainly never taught us the gestures. :) When is Part 2 coming out? ;)
<p>Thank you my friend!</p><p>I don't know... very little time to make a part 2 :(</p>
Rain chain
<p>Da buon pseudo campano (mia madre &egrave; veneta - vabb&egrave; nessuno &egrave; perfetto) e da italiano 100% non posso che approvare.</p><p>Mi permetterei solo un paio di suggerimenti:</p><p>1) magari una gif animata sarebbe simpatica per vedere le nostre &quot;espressioni idiomatiche mute&quot; in azione</p><p>2) integrerei il &quot;suca&quot; anche con la versione pi&ugrave; &quot;fighetta&quot; a mano (sai, il movimento di polso con la mano &quot;a coppa rovesciata&quot; - scusa ma non saprei come definirla....) </p><p>3) manca il famoso (e scenografico) gesto del &quot;vaffa&quot;: braccio teso e mano a paletta con movimento repentino dal basso verso l'alto</p><p>4) la versione &quot;soft&quot; del &quot;sei un pirla&quot; portata in auge dal grande Antonio De Curtis (in arte Tot&ograve;)</p>
<p>Grazie jocman, sono contento che ti piaccia! E grazie mille dei consigli.</p><p>L'anno scorso avevo in cantiere la parte 2, ne avevo gi&agrave; scritto un pochino ma poi non l'ho portata avanti. Se mai la completer&ograve;, terr&ograve; sicuramente conto dei tuoi consigli.</p><p>Grazie a presto!</p>
<p>I am Italian too and I confirm the meaning of <strong>every single gesture</strong> he explained. I have another suggestion to the people who want to try speaking Italian language with the support of this gestures: <strong>don't exasperate</strong> <strong>them</strong>. Before using the gestures, try lurking for some time observing the most commonly ones used in the place you are visiting ;)</p><p>PS: grande Darthorso, ho apprezzato tantissimo la tua guida in cui mi sono in gran parte rispecchiato! Noto sempre che gli stranieri in visita restano molto affascinati dal nostro gesticolare e sarebbe simpatico trovarne qualcuno che ci provi :D</p>
<p>Great! :D :D:D I'm really glad you appriciate my guide! And nice advice for the tourists, too! ^_^</p><p>P.S: Grande, mi fa tanto piacere! :D Mi &egrave; dispiaciuto quando alcuni mi hanno detto che hanno trovato questa guida offensiva, ovviamente non &egrave; l'intenzione del tutto... ma stranamente, gli italiani mi hanno tutti detto che l'hanno apprezzata XD Son contento che ti piaccia!</p>
<p>Definitely a worthy one!! Gonna pass it on to my colleagues who always make fun of my hand moving in the office!</p><p>I do agree that this may make people think that Italians are more rude than they actually are... or are we? :)</p><p>From a Modenese to a Bolognese, grazie Filippo!</p>
<p>Grazie Davide! Sono contento che ti sia piaciuto!</p><p>Saluti da Bologna!</p>
<p>Excellent advice! When in Rome...</p>
I love it
<p>Thank you! :D</p>
<p>It's the heat. It makes the arms and hands go into involuntary spasms.</p><p>Further North, the main priority is to keep hands warm, so the number of gestures are restricted to &quot;up yours&quot; and the French didn't cut off my longbow finger. Churchill got it right.</p>
<p>Aahahahah that's funny xD</p>
<p>You're a cutie! Thank you for this, I'm married to an Italian and it gave me a good laugh.</p>
<p>Ehehe thank you!</p>
<p>I love all of your (handsome!) pictures, especially the closing one. Spaghetti has always been my favorite food. I started to say I had no Italian ancestry, but then I remembered Aunt Lee and Uncle Greg, plus old family friends who were courtesy aunts and uncles. My dad spoke fluent Italian; he told me when I asked that he had picked it up in the Army. I love hearing it spoken. You'd miss a great deal of a conversation if you were in a very dark room - you're certainly right about the importance of gestures! Great job on this 'ible. I do love laughing as I learn!</p>
<p>Thank you! :) I'm very glad you find this ible funny and interesting! Stay great and say hi to you family!</p>
Filippo sei un grande!!! Leggendo questo articolo ho veramente riflettuto su quanto gesticoliamo noi italiani, oltre ad essermi fatto un sacco di risate ;) ;) <br>Complimenti!!!
<p>Grazie mille EvangelistaA1, mi fa davvero piacere leggere questi complimenti! E non nascondo che mi sono davvero divertito un sacco a creare questa guida! :)</p><p>Grazie ancora!</p>
Great instructional! Very funny, and educational at the same time. Makes me miss Italy a lot. Thank you
<p>Thank you a lot kabunka! Italy is always here for a great vacation, if you want! ;) Stay great</p>
<p>e bellisimm</p>
<p>Grazie mille!!! :)</p>
<p>I wonder if there's a gesture for &quot;porca miseria&quot;.</p>
<p>The open facepalm stays alogn &quot;porca miseria&quot; really well :)</p>
<p>Ditto with hammer9876 comment., however very instructional. A big thumbs up!!!!</p>
<p>Thank you prain1! :)</p>
<p>Since there are so many moving gestures, this would be great if there were very, very short gifs along with the photos. </p>
<p>That's a nice idea, if I'll ever make a part 2, I will add this feature! Thanks ;)</p>
<p>In Argentina (where half of people has some italian blood mixed in) all of this apply. Almost cried in laughter. Thanks a lot!!</p>
<p>Thanks to you! Glad you liked it ;)</p>
<p>LOl! That's a great!</p>
<p>Thank you patty! :)</p>
<p>Tutto questo &egrave; assolutamente divertente. Grazie di tutta questa italianit&agrave;.</p>
<p>Grazie michelangelo, lieto che ti abbia fatto divertire!</p>
Nice! :-) :-) :-)
<p>Thank you! :)</p>
<p>My grandparents were from Sicily. which is, itself, a world of difference from mainland Italy. I grew up in the NY/NJ area with each of these gestures and still use them. This is not necessarily a good thing, as I now live in southwest VA, where they don't do much Eye-talian. It's funny, however, how the message still comes across. It's truly universal.</p><p>You might find it amusing to know that a few years ago, a local bank had a billboard campaign that featured a football (American) referee giving the &quot;umbrella&quot; under the caption, &quot;It your bank giving you the wrong signals?&quot; I was in tears the first time I saw it.</p>
<p>Ahahah definitely not a good signal XD<br>Thanks for your interest and infos!</p>
<p>fantastico </p>
<p>Grazie Francesco :)</p>

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