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The "Polish" and Other Fashionable Gestures

A new hand gesture is all the rage.

Everyone's doing it. A hand gesture is all the rage. I call it "The Polish," because it looks like someone is polishing the air in front of them.

It's made several appearances on the new TV show 2 Broke Girls. You can see it here at the 9:45 mark. There it is below in an outtake from the show.

Outtake from 2 Broke Girls showing "The Polish"

The Polish is made by holding the hand held in front of the chest, palm out, fingers slightly splayed. The hand and forearm do 2 or 3 quick circles. It is always (mostly?) accompanied by some comment from the Polisher.

I am not saying this is new. I am saying it is increasingly fashionable.

The anthropological question: What does it mean?

No, really, I'm asking. What does it mean?

My best guess is the gesture says, something like, "I am judging you by generalizing about you. I get what's going on here. [You are X, this situation is Y.] I just named it and claimed it."

Or something.

This could be wrong.

Will readers please enlighten me? Who does "The Polish?" In what circumstances, for what purposes? Where did it come from? Is it becoming more fashionable? What does it say about us that we render this kind of judgment in this kind of way.

Have you seen a Polish in real life? Detailed accounts will be especially treasured. More description is better description. You be the anthropologist. (It's your culture, after all.)