12 Hand Signals Your Teen Might Be Making & What They Mean

I Love YouIf there was any one specific moment during President Barack Obama's inauguration when the nation realized his daughters aren't little girls anymore, this was it. Sasha and Malia Obama hammed it up as the elder girl took shots of their goofy faces and hand signals with her cellphone. Yes, they're still kids, but the first daughters have entered a world that confuses parents everywhere.

Just what are teenagers trying to SAY with those hand signals on Facebook and Instagram? Should we be worried or is it all innocent fun? Maybe a little bit a both? The Stir asked a flesh and blood teenager to help us decode the teenage hand signals that crop up most often on social media, and while some of her answers sound like common sense, some others are pretty shocking.

Just wait until you see the not-so-innocent peace sign, and find out why the heck you're not supposed to look when kids touch the tip of their thumb to the tips of their other four fingers!

You'll be relieved to know some things haven't changed that much since you were a kid, but beware, a few of these are not exactly safe for work or little kids!

Checked out the signs? Which ones did you know already? Which ones surprised you?


Image by Jeanne Sager

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nonmember avatar mmm

These are all SOOOO OOOOOLD. I've never heard of number 9 though. I'm 18, but seriously, not many teens do much other than the peace sign. And hearts. And I love you.

PonyC... PonyChaser

This is the first slideshow I've attempted in months. THANK YOU for changing the format and having the pop-out "don't reload the entire page with every click" thing anymore. MUCH better!!

And most of these signs are OLD. That forehead-eat-the-fart thing? Did it when I was in grade school (I'm 43). Same with "L-oser" and the forefinger-thumb thing. About the only new one is "this".

kelli... kelli0585

I always laugh at the "hook em horns" sign whenever I see it (and I lived in Austin!). 

My Brazilian friend was confused at the prevalence of it, because in many cultures, that gesture is a sign meaning "cuckold."

x_Sta... x_Starr_x

this was so lame hell you could have used the "shocker" ya know 2 in the pink 1 in the stink

rhps2000 rhps2000

I was thinking "the shocker" would have been in there too. Remember when that high school yearbook somewhere had to have been recalled or pics retaken because a lot of the seniors had taken a pic using that (double-penetration meaning) sign?

Tracy Shannon

So lame. Parents need to be aware of the gang signs. The signs of the Bloods and Crips are used freely all over social media. Ruben Studdard threw them on Idol for weeks before anyone noticed. Kids play at using these signs on FB and IG and Twitter so they appear "down", but they could be putting themselves at risk, for if a real member of a rival gang sees it and assumes that kid is associated with the gang they are now a target.


nonmember avatar Bernarda

I am a teenager, who the f*** does a peace sign? Lol. The eating one, never in my young life have I ever seen that- until today.

nonmember avatar Random Stranger

Wow. Stunningly pointless.
/curls fingers into a loose fist and moves hand up and down/

nonmember avatar Captain Atom


Whoever chose those photos of that girl should be ashamed, but maybe even more so the girl in the photos! Look at those dirty nails!!!!! Does this girl even take showers? Hygiene is just out the windows for these dirty kids these days.

Disgusting, one of the worst turn offs for any decent person when another person has no clue what hygiene is and stinks, is dirty or worse.

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