Quote Unquote - The Finger Gesture?

i understand that when you verbally say "quote unquote", you are stating what the source stated verbatim. but then, when people make this finger gesture (making this quotation marks in the air) it seems to mean something else.

my friend said it is to emphasize certain words in your statement. I said it's to show that you dont really mean that particular word in your sentence : for example - i think she is really "beautiful" means she is not.

can't find this anywhere in the net. can someone clarify this to me?

Update:

my friend is a lawyer so i told him to stop using that gesture until we find out what it really means. otherwise, he might get into trouble : P

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  • 1 decade ago
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    They're called 'air quotes', and according to Wiki - Air quotes are often used to express satire, sarcasm, irony or euphemism.

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  • 3 years ago

    Gesture Quotes

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  • 1 decade ago

    Many people do that rather than say " quote" ..... then "unquote" The two fingers of both hands raised at each side just indicates he is refering to a quote said by someone else. I normally refer to the person who said the quote.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I think "the finger gesture" is the same as placing quotes around a phrase or word in writing. I know that some people find this practice very annoying.

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  • 1 decade ago

    When the "fingers" gesture is used for quote-unquote, without so much as saying anything that it is a physical gesture for THAT symbol, it could come across in two terms:

    First, the person is trying to scare you (without saying "BOOOOO!").

    Second, he's sending a non-verbal message that he wants to claw your eyes out.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    When you make the finger gesture then that means you are quoting the person who said that. So that now means that you mean it and not something else.

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  • 1 decade ago

    when you say quote unquote, it means you are saying the exact words of someone. no changes. wen you use the finger desture, it is used more like sarcasm when you are talking. "yea, he thinks that she is 'pretty'"it doesn't mean she is not, but it is like you want to emphasise the word more, so you give it quotations, like 'he used the word pretty' type of quotations. sometimes it is used as sarcasm though.

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  • toy
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    No i don't. i've got used it approximately two times interior the final ten years or perhaps then i detect that two times too many. i honestly locate the gesture creepy and stale-putting. And no, i don't be responsive to every physique who makes use of it lots the two.

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  • Neil
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    You might want to read this

    http://www-personal.umich.edu/~jlawler/aue/quote.h...

    To me, quote unquote, when I use it, always meant that this is the common perception (or what someone else thought). I may hold a different opinion!

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  • Steve
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    The sarcastic tone of voice when you make the hand signal is usually the best indicator that you don't really mean it. Whenever someone does the hand signal to me, I say "ahh! the little bunnies are attacking!"

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