Oh-and it`s nasty. Use it carefully. Don`t tell I taught you or I`ll call you a liar.
After reading this, you will shiver with delight every time you shout it at your worst arch-enemy from behind the locked sound proof doors of home sweet home or make the gesture in secret at book club.
I came upon this little tidbit by accident. Perhaps I was involved in something that will land me in the confessional this weekend ultimately leading to a wardrobe of hair shirts. Without sharing gory details, let`s just say I wasn`t exactly loving on one of my neighbors. In fact, I might have been engaged in a verbal assault on this other person`s behavior, which from the viewpoint of my pedestal, was superior, spoiled ExPatish, and primadonna-ish.
(Does anyone else hear that Southern female voice age about 72 saying something about “when you point the finger at someone else there are three pointing back at you”?)
Anyhoo- Andretti-san (driver, cultural advisor, and ardent ramen enthusiast) who pretended to be bored stiff was of course listening intently to every juicy tidbit of lady venom. Just in case he was in fact tuning out the conversation, I was sure to repeat every bit of the meat after my friend clawed her way out of the car. Although she managed to escape, he was trapped.
Andretti-san is a street scrapper. He knows a thing or two about managing the most heinous categories of individuals- children and women on a rant.
Employ a diversion.
” Ouisar-san, do you know what Japanese call people like that?”
He knew teaching me a cultural nasty would stop the spewing of expletives or at least cut it off until he could get me to the ramen shop.
“Tengu- you know- the spiritual guy at the shrines that guards the temple with the long nose? He looks human on the outside but he`s really a monster on the inside. He`s snooty- his big nose sticks up in the air. ”
” When someone is acting like they are better than everyone else, you do this…. and call them Tengu….”
Traditional Tengu Guardian Image
Now that I think about it, I`ve seen this gesture before. A lot. But people usually start to giggle and put their hands down real quick when I see them doing it.