|QUOTE (JOSEPH X @ Wednesday, May 23 2012, 19:49)|
|QUOTE (finn4life @ Wednesday, May 23 2012, 07:09)|
| Ours was Girl Germs and Boy Germs, Canberra Australia.|
Fingers crossed meant you couldn't get them.
I did a search into "boy germs" and "girl germs" and discovered the "Dictionary of Playground Slang" (ODPS)
this is the description of the 'block' used by boys and girls:
|The girls crossed their index and middle fingers and that made them safe from boy germs, or boy germs that were passed on from another person. (Even if touched by a boy!!) The boys had their index and middle fingers together. This had the same effect as the girl block.|
I'm surprised it has gender-specific conventions in certain cultures. Were there different hand gestures for boys and girls in Canberra Finn4Life? And was there a magic word?
That site pretty much has the gist of it, hand gestures were the same though (if i remember right), Simply crossing the fingers over each other (Middle and Index as the site mentioned.)
No Magic word as such, you had to cross your fingers and say 'Fingers Crossed' to avoid Girl Germs, if a boy touched a girl then touched another boy, that another boy would also be subject to the girl germs, as i understand it this is how it works globally yes?