What's referred to in Italy
as "the umbrella gesture
" is referred to in many places in America as the Italian Arm Salute. The Italians
, being very passionate people, do not settle for any little digital pop up when giving "the finger
". Basically you make a fist
. You swing that arm back and make a motion like you're about to give someone an upper cut
to the jaw with the fist. You take the other arm, place it at a ninety degree angle over the upswinging arm, and catch the up swinging arm's joint, causing the forearm
to hook under the blocking arm.
Unlike the finger, it means more than a simple "fuck you
!" It implies, "take this arm up the ass!"
Many Italians give the umbrella
gesture not so much in defeat but to emphasize a triumph -- especially over a lesser, unworthy opponent who dared try to best
the gesture giver. "I got your parking spot
and you can happily take this arm up your ass!"