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Sue Burke
Spanish slang: peineta 
10th-Apr-2013 12:25 pm
Here in Spain, the word peineta refers to the big comb that is used with a mantilla, a lace headcovering sometimes worn on very formal occasions.

Turn a peineta upside down and it sort of looks like a digitus impudicus, a one-fingered salute. And that’s another meaning of the word “peineta.”

You can see an example of it here, a photo a Spanish politician involved in a corruption investigation greeting the media:

They didn’t teach this word in school, but it’s what you really wanted to learn.

— Sue Burke
10th-Apr-2013 03:43 pm (UTC)
Interesting! I first met the word while indexing Maite Zubiaurre's Cultures of the Erotic in Spain, 1898-1939.
12th-Apr-2013 10:36 am (UTC)
Um, wow. Thanks for letting me know about this book.
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