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Who came up with giving the middle finger a bad thing?

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Asked by Anonymous at 3:20 PM on Aug. 8, 2009 in Just for Fun

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  • In the medievel period, bow and arrow was the preferred means for hunting as well as defending yourselves. As punishment for treason, English royalty would cut off the middle finger of those rebeling against the crown, as a means to preventing them from being able to use their bows.

    Those who still had their middle fingers would raise them to the British militia/police as a show of defiance. In other words, "Look! I still have my middle finger!"

    Answer by Micksbabe at 3:31 PM on Aug. 8, 2009

  • No one really knows the true origin of flipping a bird, but it possibly goes back to ancient Roman and Greek times:

    Oh, and the "cutting off the middle finger" thing? That's an urban legend.

    Answer by makelineerror at 3:50 PM on Aug. 8, 2009

  • Haha who knows it probably didnt always mean exactly what it means now but now a days its a sign.. As in part of the recognized language of signing..

    Answer by Goldie_And_Luke at 4:55 PM on Aug. 8, 2009

  • I've often wondered the same darn thing! I'm like, "it's a finger", seriously!

    Answer by Aneya at 6:39 PM on Aug. 8, 2009


    Answer by Micksbabe at 11:15 PM on Sep. 8, 2009

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