Mark A Mandel mam at theworld.com
Tue Mar 4 16:56:12 PST 2003

On Mon, 3 Mar 2003, Philip Hart wrote:

#Like, what planet?  Shrugging is reportedly a universal human gesture.

All sorts of things are reported. I don't think the shoulder shrug is a
universal gesture. I do think that something like the same meaning is
universal, but expressed in different ways in different communities.

-- Dr. Whom, Consulting Linguist, Grammarian, Orthoepist, and
   Philological Busybody
   a.k.a. Mark A. Mandel