The Monocle Gesture Apparently people in a small part of Venezuela use their index and middle fingers to create a “monocle” and hold it up to their eye to indicate that someone is being pretentious or high-falutin’ or something. Now that you know this, take a look at the first paragraph of the page devoted to this gesture, and see how many times you’re tempted to direct the gesture at the person describing it (I got as far as “Good day” before wanting to do it the first time):
Good day; my name is Clifford Conley Owens III. During the spring of 2008, I took a holiday from my graduate studies at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Tech to retreat to Maracaibo, Venezuela for a week. The people of Maracaibo have some very interesting customs, but there was one that struck me more than any other: the monocle gesture.