Just Nod In Agreement

A head stroke is a ges­ture where the head is tilted in alter­nat­ing arches and arcs along the sagit­tal plane. In many cul­tures, it is used most often, but not uni­ver­sally, to dis­play con­sent, accep­tance, or recog­ni­tion. Acqui­es­cence can also be used as a form of non-verbal wel­come or recog­ni­tion of the pres­ence of another; In this con­text, it is essen­tially a par­tic­u­larly gen­tle form of flex­ion, with just enough move­ment to show a cer­tain degree of respect with­out addi­tional for­mal­ity. This includes the tra­di­tional head­bly down or the head­bly up (which is more infor­mal and is usu­ally used among friends or sub­or­di­nates). To increase the for­mal­ity, the nod­ding down can also be accom­pa­nied by an appro­pri­ate oral wel­come. I hope they make an attached album or at least an EP, because the name of the song could def­i­nitely work on a col­lab joint, just like Kids See Ghosts. I think you‘ll notice that, in most cases, a per­son “blinks or nods with their eyes/eyelids” would be quite dif­fi­cult to inter­pret as a defin­i­tive yes or no. So it‘s no sur­prise that we don‘t have a sin­gle word for this. As can be seen in some of the exam­ples above, a wink is ambigu­ous in the absence of a tiny nod or other sig­nal con­firm­ing intent. Rather, it could mean (or be inter­preted as) “don‘t believe me, I‘m ambigu­ous” or even “be care­ful, it‘s dan­ger­ous.” In other words, a wink could not indi­cate con­sent, or vice versa, it could actu­ally dis­play con­sent, but per­haps not be inter­preted that way. Con­text, knowl­edge of the other per­son and body lan­guage are all here! How­ever, your descrip­tion of “Nodding/Eyelids” sounds like a wink. A wink can cer­tainly be used to dis­play “You are in my secret”, and would usu­ally be accom­pa­nied by the most sub­tle nods as an indi­ca­tion of tacit agree­ment. If you say that some­one nod­ded approv­ingly, it means that they lower their head and lift it up to agree with­out hav­ing to say anything.

Dif­fer­ent cul­tures attribute dif­fer­ent mean­ings to the ges­ture. The “yes” vote is wide­spread and appears in a large num­ber of dif­fer­ent cul­tural and lin­guis­tic groups. Among the areas where the nod in gen­eral has this impor­tance are the Indian sub­con­ti­nent (note that the cinquiseur also shows the con­cor­dance there), the Mid­dle East, South­east Asia, most of Europe (see below), South Amer­ica and North America…