who came up with the “finger” the “flip off” the “bird”? how old is it?
There is a popular story about English bowmen waving fingers at the French knights who did not manage to cut them off during the Hundred Years’ War. However, this is a confusion with the origins of the V sign, which are themselves in question.
Another possible origin is the phallic imagery of the raised middle finger (the middle finger being the longest finger on the human hand), similar to the Italian version of the bent elbow insult.
Excuse me sir, but if I might have a moment of your time. I mean you seem to have plenty to give.
Oh boy, another smart-mouth; come to bust my chops?
No, No sir. I’m just researching the first time a man ‘gave the bird’ to another person in anger.
The bird uh?
Well, it all started back when we had to wipe ourselves with our hand. I mean – no one had invented newspapers and catalogs yet.
When you got old enough to do the deed for yourself – when you’d call out for your mom to come wipe you – your mother would just hold up her middle finger and tell you to do it to yourself. And with this it became “go clean your own bottom”. And as mankind got more civilized he had to find a new ‘act of nature’ that one could do to ones self. So it came to pass that if someone was irritated with you, you could then just ‘go ‘stiff’ yourself’.
Thank you sir, so much.
It was really nothing. I mean with this storeroom of knowledge no one else needs to know this important stuff.
The Blue Devils Drumline’s traditional left-handed grip also demonstrates this technique and have won 10 world championships.
no one knows where it came from exactly, but as cultures develop so do offensive language and gestures.
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