Snouting

The act of performing a quick tap of the back of one's wrist to the lips, with fingers optionally protruding forward. This is done towards an individual that is viewed as deceitful or treacherous.  

Origin

Within the Saldragon Princedom, children grew up facing the most dangerous of predators, the dragons. Dragons terrorized villages, burned crops, stole livestock, and worse. However, the source of this particular vulgarity comes from another property of dragons that is considered the most vile. Dragons of a certain age and maturity develop the ability to shift between human form and dragon form. This would enable the dragon to pass unbeknownst among human culture. As might be expected, it caused quite a stir, and there were strong feelings of betrayal and resentment when one found out a person was a dragon. Humans instinctly don't like to be fooled and egotistically believe they should be able to tell the difference between a dragon imposter and a person with the limitations they themselves possess.  

Evolution

Primarily within rural areas, children developed a habit of calling each other dragons whenever one would do something especially untrustworthy or deceitful. This was usually accompanied with a bringing of the back of the wrist to the face, and extending fingers and thumbs forward as if to make a dragon-snout. This began as part of a mocking culture, but as the culture evolved and those children aged, they would continue the behavior, "snouting" somebody they felt particularly angry or resentful towards. As time has gone on, the fingers are less important than the simple act of quickly smacking your wrist against your lips to say a person is being particularly treacherous. Even more, this behavior has expanded to include any behavior the gesturer dislikes.  
Some mistakenly assume this gesture is used to quickly cover the lips for a behavior that is found distasteful and should not be spoken of.

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26 Nov, 2020 09:48

Great response to this prompt!


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26 Nov, 2020 16:48

Thanks!

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Caitlin Phillips
23 Dec, 2020 18:14

This is such a brilliant image! An excellent gesture.

Cait x