circadian rhyme rone at ennui.org
Mon Mar 3 14:18:23 PST 2003

Alexx S Kay writes:
  > Andrew Lias wrote:
  > > Just out of curiosity, where are you from?  I'm genuinely curious 
  > > because I've never heard of anyone who wasn't familiar with the gesture.
  > I'm not sure whether my upbringing has anything to do with my perception 
  > of the shrug, especially since I was an Air Force brat and grew up all 
  > over the world. 
  That could have something to do with it.
  Hypothesis A) Shrugging is not "universally human" but is linked with
  english-speaking cultures.

I grew up in Ecuador, and people shrugged there, as they do here.  I
have read that Japanese people shrug, too, so it seems it is not
restricted to Western culture, either.

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