Thursday, March 30, 2006

Chin Flipping

Justice Scalia gave a journalist the ol' Italian "chin flip," and got caught on camera. So, now there's some debate about how bad a "chin flip," is and I'll ask my Italian pal Adriana to chime in on this.

My take is that, among gestures, the middle finger is still king. But, that's when you're judging things in society as a whole. Among Italians, the chin flip is what you give somebody when the more common middle finger just won't do. Whatever the chin flip implies in Italy, Scalia's an Italian American. Since I've got some Italian American relatives, I've learned by observerving them and... when they resort to the gestures of the old country, they tend to mean something more damning than what the more common and American gestures have to offer.

So... Scalia went old country.

We always knew he had a temper.

But, he also went duck hunting with Cheney. Who knew he was brave?


At 10:29 AM , Blogger adriana said...

HAHAHAHAHH! Well, I always get the impression that it's more serious when you get the chin flip, like perhaps there is a Curse involved, or worse, an impending Hit because you've just been marked., I guess I take my chin flipping pretty seriously.

However, I've also seen it used to express small transgressions, like, "hey, this artichoke is rancid."

At 11:01 AM , Blogger tifanie said...

You Italians are hilarious! And kind of menacing. What I want to know is how the chin flip relates to to the chin acknowledgement motion performed by the Cholos of the American Southwest. "Wassup?" And how that relates to the great Navajo lip point. "Where's the nearest 7-11?" (Lip point towards the North) "Over to there."

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