Date: 11/29/97 3:06 AM

To: Grant Barrett

From: Pauline Bryant

There are two V signs in Australia. In the V-for-victory sign as used by

Churchill, hold up your index and middle fingers, with the thumb and the

other two fingers folded across the palm. The important thing is to do

this with the palm facing away from the body. Nobody actually does it

any more because it isn't culturally relevant any more, but also because

you might accidentally get it wrong and make the offensive sign.

... Is it only in Australia that the sign with the palm turned inward is offensive?