What does this hand (claw) gesture mean?
April 29, 2011 2:15 AM   Subscribe

At 1:27 of this youtube video, what does the hand (claw) gesture mean?

It's a Tyrannosaurus Rex dressed as a king. He's standing there making a motion as if he might be rolling two or three balls around in the palm of his hand. To what real monarch and gesture does this refer? I'm pretty sure I've seen this gesture in other contexts, probably other jokey contexts, but I'm drawing a blank and I have no idea how to google up the original.
posted by pracowity to Society & Culture (11 answers total)
It puts me in mind of the UK Queen's wave. It's a circular motion, hand upright as though she's going to shake hands with someone.
posted by Solomon at 2:38 AM on April 29, 2011 [1 favorite]

It looks like he's just doing "the royal wave" which is not really a waving gesture but a kind of flippy/twirly thing (I tried to find a quick example on YouTube but the royals wave more like normal people these days).
posted by amyms at 2:38 AM on April 29, 2011

"Here ye, Here ye!"
posted by XhaustedProphet at 2:38 AM on April 29, 2011

Still can't find a video, but here's a still picture that shows the royal wave.
posted by amyms at 2:42 AM on April 29, 2011

Looks more like the "yes yes adore me" sort of flourish of someone who is being applauded and eating it up, associated with taking a bow.
posted by fleacircus at 3:49 AM on April 29, 2011 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: Wait. Did I see Marcello Mastroianni do that? Or is that a different dream?
posted by pracowity at 3:50 AM on April 29, 2011

Royal Wave
posted by Petrot at 5:00 AM on April 29, 2011

Hm, looks like he's just snapping in time with the music to me, like how the brachysaurus is stamping along a few seconds later.
posted by losvedir at 8:52 AM on April 29, 2011

I think I saw something like this in Disney's Robin Hood -sort of a "keep it coming" sort of gesture. It's been a while since I've seen it, though.
posted by fiercekitten at 9:56 AM on April 29, 2011

looks like he's preening himself
posted by bunny hugger at 12:54 PM on April 29, 2011

I think it's a reference to Captain Queeg ("Mutiny on the Bounty") who rolled steel balls in his hand just like that. Notice that the gesture comes on the line "terrible king."
posted by zanni at 1:03 PM on April 29, 2011

« Older Pitching tents on campus is apparently not...   |   Sharing Matlab scripts. Newer »
This thread is closed to new comments.