An "okay" hand signal is formed by making a circle with index finger and thumb while splaying the other fingers out, roughly upwards. What are its origins?

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    In most countries in Europe, I would strongly advise you not to do that sign which will mean you are an ahe, a zero, someone of no use, a loser... Or more simply go to take it in the a**. Or your a** is so opened that... you see the image here? For Japanese this is a sign relative to money. Obviously Wikipedia not fail to mention it is used by buddhists. My main thing would be: it is an O like in OK? Once again: refrain to use that hand gesture in Europe... I am really really serious here. – Gibet Mar 13 '18 at 10:22
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    Here in Britain I've only ever seen it used to mean "OK" or, with more stress, and probably more often, "perfect" or "great job" or "just as it should be", expressing praise or satisfaction. – user1618 Mar 13 '18 at 16:00
  • Take a close look at Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OK_(gesture) I have Japan as an extra (\o/ Gibet 1, Wiki : 0), for you to see gestures are very contextual. Thinking it comes from the Buddhists is... vastly amusing. It is possible due to the close proximity of British people with Indian Buddhists. Which could explain why French and German will suddenly not be friendly with you after you do the zero sign (I am using conditional here!!!) Remind also that the percentage of buddhists in India is perfectly negligeable (<1%). – Gibet Mar 13 '18 at 16:55
  • It is a simple fingerspelling of the word's two letters, O and K. – Lucian Sep 28 '19 at 0:39
  • @Lucian This is older than the word ok, so saying it is "simple fingerspelling" seems a little too simple... – Tom Sep 30 '19 at 17:30

This hand sign definitely has traditional usage as mudras in the practice of Yoga, known popularly as either the chin mudra ("the seal of consciousness") or the jnana mudra ("the seal of wisdom"), depending on the orientation of the hand.

This fact, however, does not imply Hindu origins of the hand sign for the meaning "A-OK"... Don't have info at present to say one way or the other.

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