Friday, January 21, 2005

Could it be.... Satan? 

Who's to say the Norwegians aren't right?

President Bush's "Hook 'em, 'horns" salute got lost in translation in Norway, where shocked people interpreted his hand gesture during his inauguration as a salute to Satan.

That's what it means in the Nordics when you throw up the right hand with the index and pinky fingers raised, a gesture popular among heavy metal groups and their fans in the region.
(via AP)

Or found in translation, eh?

UDDATE Alert reader Iggy shares the following:

According to the Daily News, it's official sign language for "bullshit."

"Texans recognized Jenna's "Hook 'em horns" hand sign as a show of support for the University of Texas' Longhorns football team.

"But deaf people who use American Sign Language easily identified the sign for "bulls-!"

"One of the eight official signers for the inauguration - who interpreted the President's address on the West Front of the Capitol - yesterday confirmed to me the bovine expletive."

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