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The hand gesture in the picture above is a perfect example of what’s known as a ‘mimic gesture’.
Mimic gestures transmit a silent message to the receiver, one in which no words are needed to help assist with its meaning. The purpose of a mimic gesture is to attempt to replicate or mime real objects or actions.
The ‘gun’ gesture seen here is also known as a primary gesture, because its action has no other existence of function, the interpretation would be the same in any culture, even without prior knowledge of its meaning.
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