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Body Movements I Can Do Without

Updated on March 30, 2014
The self- centered "all about me" gesture
The self- centered "all about me" gesture | Source
The ILLEGAL female butt slap
The ILLEGAL female butt slap | Source
Winking? Are you serious?
Winking? Are you serious? | Source
mouth open showing he is too lazy to talk
mouth open showing he is too lazy to talk | Source
office basketball
office basketball | Source
The ancient "okay" sign
The ancient "okay" sign | Source
The primal rump slap
The primal rump slap | Source
Thumbs up? Come on, man
Thumbs up? Come on, man | Source
Chest bumping is still as annoying as ever
Chest bumping is still as annoying as ever | Source
High fives in 2014?
High fives in 2014? | Source

I mean no one any harm

by this work. I just want to speak from a personal standpoint on some rather annoying body gestures that, for many years, have went unchecked and somehow those who do these annoying gestures seem to think that all of society approves of their childish actions.

I am going to get right to the point

and just confess that the body gestures seen in photos on this hub are the ones that annoy me the most and at my age, I cannot stand to see any of them performed in public or private or by common folk or celebrities. Enough is enough.

To me, it is time for a change. A new set of body gestures, if it just has to be that way, to prove how important or successful a teammate is or how important scoring a few points in a game of sports or by winning a big contract at the office.

Let's have some fresh, new ways of showing our colleagues that we care. And show the rest of the free world that we Americans are flexible and not trapped into some vacuum of sorts, where we stick to the old and established body gestures because we are afraid to try some new ways to celebrate success.

Let's look at these primal gestures

and see if you see them in the same light as me.O

The Illegal Rump Slap

when over-sexed male jerks in the office get too frisky and slap a female on the butt. This is sexual harassment and very illegal. I wish this one were prosecuted more than it is now.


why has this gesture from the 1950's still around in 2014? It looks childish and immature for one to do this even if they are the "office favorite," or made of money. Instead of a wink, try a noble nod of the head. It looks more mature.

Mouth Agape, Eyes Half-Shut

these ignorant gestures had to have their roots from the "slackers," who do not work or wish to break a sweat to make a living. So when questioned by superiors, they go into this mouth-agape, eyes half-shut to torment their bosses to a point of leaving them alone. If I were their boss and they were not producing, I would leave them alone. In the unemployment line.

Office Basketball

should be outlawed. Listen. You are there to work, not play the Final Four day after day. Grow up, male executives who use this to prove to the female employees that they are still virile.

The Okay Sign

is another gesture from the 50's that needs to be retired. I do not know of a suitable replacement yet, but give me time and I will create one if need be.

Rump Slap for Men and Pro Athletes

is one gesture that you can see coming way before it materializes. A star running back scores his fourth touchdown of the game and after his playground dance in the endzone, his teammates gather around him only to slap him on the rump as he trots to the sideline. And this rump slapping is evident even in today's more-elite offices. To me, it looks like a gang of kids who are craving attention.


has seen its day. I have seen chest-bumping one-on-one and even two-on-two, but when it evolved into four-on-four, I said no more pro ball until something is done about this grammar school body gesture.

Thumbs Up

Please. This too is another one from the hard and fast, action-filled 1950's war movies and sports films. At first, I loved it. So did you. But everytime a person does good, they flash the thumbs-up? I can live without it. Oh, I am very glad that you are doing good. Just stop giving the thumbs-up each time you show up for work on time.


has been done to death. From the football field to the classroom. Even in church services. The high-five has seen its glory and now it is time to retire. Where? I do not know, but please do not retire and move in next to me.

And now, My New Body Gesture to Sign-Off . . .

"Click. click."

The overused fist bump
The overused fist bump | Source


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    • kenneth avery profile image

      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Jodah, thank you, and no body gestures here either.

      Catgypsy, thank you for your sweet comment. Love them.

      FlourishAnyway, thank you and yes to your comment.

      Peace, to you all.


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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Yes to all of these!

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      catgypsy 3 years ago from the South

      Haha...couldn't agree with you more! On all of them!

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Good one, Kenneth. (no body gestures taking place here...)