Give the thumbs up or thumbs down
by DUB MOWERY
Jun 16, 2013 | 710 views | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend | print
IT IS BELIEVED the gesture of thumbs-up or thumbs-down for approval or disapproval goes back at least to ancient Rome. In the area in which battles were fought by gladiators if when was overcome and defeated by his opponent the spectators would determine whether he lived or died. If they admired him and wanted the defeated gladiator to live they kept their thumbs clenched in their fists. If they wanted his life taken then they would turn their thumbs out. Today turning closed fist with the thumb sticking upward is a sign of approval; whereas, a fist turned down and the thumb pointing downward is a sign for disapproval. A closed fist with the thumb pointing upward is also a sign of victory. Also, by holding one’s hand high with the two fingers nearest the thumb extending upward as a “v” is a sign of victory. The “v” sign with the two fingers nearest the thumb was popularized during World War II to motivate the western nations on to victory. SPECTATORS in sports often use those signs declaring victory of the team they are rooting for. Also, the finger next to the thumb is often held up by the fans of a sports team declaring it to be number one. This is especially seen on television of major football teams in which the fans believe their team to be the best college team in the nation. These hand gestures of a team’s fans were used as an expression of either their desire or belief. Dub Mowery is a Gospel preacher in the Church of Christ. Presently he serves as full time evangelist for the Pittsburg Church of Christ. A native of Southeast Oklahoma, he is the author of Colloquial Sayings & Expressions (Morris Publishing, 2008) nativeheritage@hotmail.com
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