Here’s the problem though. “Digitus Impudicus,” the Latin name for it, comes in many forms. The French stick the hand out, palm in, and grab the inside of the protruded appendage at the inside of the elbow. In the U.K., the peace sign held backward will get the same response. In Slavic countries, a fist made with the thumb tucked between the pointer and middle finger means the same!
As far as the ‘Bird’ goes though, that’s a different story, and much more modern. From what I can tell, in the last millennia, English theater goers who were displeased with a show would hoot like owls or honk like geese to show how pissed they were at the performance. This may also be where ‘goosing’ someone comes from. As the story goes, along with the terrible bird noises, unhappy audience members would throw up their gestures of displeasure which wound up being referred to as ‘Flipping the Bird!’
I’d always thought that the finger was the finger because it was the finger used to give pleasure on the clitoris. After some research, I guess I fingered wrong…
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