Wed Mar 5 15:16:15 PST 2003

Ryan Grove wrote:
> 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 should clarify; I'm not unfamiliar with the gesture, I'm only curious
> what it means to other people. To me, a shrug is almost always
> accompanied by a smile or a goofy facial expression, which is why I view
> it as a lighthearted gesture. Judging by the responses I've gotten so
> far, I'm in the minority. ;)
> 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. Although, when my dad left the Air Force, I spent about
> six years living in Texas (where I was born), and then moved to Oregon,
> where I've lived ever since. If there was any regional influence, I'd
> guess it would have come from my parents, who were Texans.
> Hmm. It would be interesting to learn where the rest of you are from. I
> wonder if we could find a pattern here.

I'm from outside Boston MA - and I've seen people from several very
different people shrug.