What do you call this in your country?

@forfein (2509)
November 14, 2006 7:44am CST
Yes...... I know it is American. And in England we use two fingers!!!! But I couldnt find a picture of that. This is what we call a "One Fingered Salute"
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@LadyCroft (706)
• Australia
18 Nov 06
The history of the "up yours" gesture is very very interesting if you care to read on.. It has long been told that the famous "two-fingers salute" and/or "V sign" derives from the gestures of English archers, fighting at Agincourt. The myth claims that the French cut off two fingers on the right hand of captured archers and that the gesture was a sign of defiance by those who were not mutilated. Knights of the time were extremely difficult to challenge in open engagement due to the amount of armor they wore, and the enormity of the horses they rode. One problem the knights faced however, was the English longbow. From a garrison or fortification, longbowmen would string their arrows in quick recession and aim for the armors weak spots. This resulted in many casualties for the knights. If the knights did however capture the fortification, they would either kill the longbowmen, or chop off their middle finger (necessary for stringing arrows effectively). As for the bowmen that escaped, upon seeing a knight, they would hold up their middle finger in mockery of the knight as if to say "ha, ha, you didn't get me"
• Australia
18 Nov 06
:( my gif didnt work......
@forfein (2509)
19 Nov 06
Thanks for that! And I think I can guess what happens on your avatar!! What a shame it does not work it would be quite funny!
@Jusred (1579)
• United States
17 Nov 06
Yes..."Up yours", flippin the Bird, flipping someone off, and f@#k you~
@Jusred (1579)
• United States
17 Nov 06
..Not to be Graphic, and not for little eyes, But I do believe the origin came from being the longest finger of the hand -your middle one- And what that finger is often used for, because it is the longest and 'furthest to reach' in 'private moments'..
@rainbow (6763)
27 Nov 06
I am in England, I call the middle finger salutation the birdie sometimes accompanies by the adoarable phrase "spin/swivel on it" and the two fingered one up yours. I tend not to use them because it is common.
@forfein (2509)
27 Nov 06
Correct!! Thanks for your comments
@emarie (5455)
• United States
18 Nov 06
i've heard it called "flipping the bird"
@forfein (2509)
18 Nov 06
Thanks for that!
@usmcsgtwife (4999)
• United States
14 Nov 06
they usally say flipping off
@forfein (2509)
16 Nov 06
Ah I take it that is what the American's call it? Thanks
• United States
16 Nov 06
Flippin' the bird, flippin' off, up yours... ah, the one finger salute, gotta love it.