And so we continue with the list of typical Mexican hand gestures. If you haven’t read the first part of this article, you can have a look at it here.
¡¿Qué onda?! / ¿Qué pasó? (What’s up?) Etiquette: colloquial. With your open palms towards the ceiling, make a slight outward movement and say this phrase. It is a common way to say hello among young people and family when you’re unable to shake hands. This gesture is often paired with a slight nod in the direction of your interlocutor.
¡Flojo! (Lazy!) Etiquette: familiar. A classic gesture used by fathers and sons equally to express laziness With your palms open towards the ceiling, pump your hand slightly a few times, as if you where holding something heavy in your hand.
¡Te van a pegar! (You’re getting a spanking!) Etiquette: familiar. With a slightly askew, open palm, your Mexican friends are looking at you with a smirk on their face while repeatedly moving their hands sideways. What they mean: someone (probably you) is in trouble :p
¡Uuuuuu! (Etiquette: colloquial) Or said in other words: “that was a long time ago”. With an open palm, place your hand at shoulder-height and “push” it upward as if you where drawing a semicircle.
¡Ponte la del Puebla! (Etiquette: familiar) If you want your Mexican friend to share something with you, place the outer side of your right hand on your left shoulder and draw a diagonal line until the right side of your waste. For sure he or she will find your knowledge about this very peculiar Mexican hand gesture very amusing
¿What hand gestures do you use in your country?