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Old 24 April 2008, 08:27 AM
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From the OP's article:
When I curled my thumb and index finger into a circle and pointed the other three fingers upward, my intention was to tell the Brazilian hotel clerk that everything had been "OK." That would have worked fine at home in the U.S., but in Brazil it's considered vulgar.

The OK sign is not OK in many other places too, including most of the rest of Latin America, plus Germany, Malta, Tunisia, Greece, Turkey, Russia and the Middle East.
As far as I know (and I'm living here all my life), the OK sign isn't quite commonly used in Germany, but most will understand it, and nobody will take offence. I don't know where Mr Ecenbarger got the opposite impression.

Don "OK is OK" Enrico
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