WHY DID THIS MISUNDERSTANDING HAPPEN?
For the questions below, please note that several answers are possible.

It’s quite natural that people use gestures when they don’t know the language. However, you should be careful, because the moves you make may have a different meaning for other people.

While a thumbs-up sign is a positive signal in North America, it can be used to insult someone in West Africa, South America, Iran, and the Italian island of Sardinia. In Iran, it is traditionally an obscene gesture, equivalent to the use of the middle finger in the Western world.

This incident has two sides: firstly, Person A, who apparently finds this gesture inappropriate, should have made a basic research on how people behave and what might be different in the country he/she wants to go to. Secondly, Person B should be careful with signs he/she makes, especially with people one doesn’t know.

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