It’s interesting what physical gestures mean to different people in different places.
I’ve learnt some interesting stuff on this post.
So, this is the two fingered salute.
Here, giving the fingers is an insult and a sign of aggression. It’s more often used before fights, but can be given after them by either party, sometimes provoking further agro.
Without getting academic or anything, here’s a little bit of history for you, in the hope that somebody might return the favour by telling me how ‘giving the bird’ came to be, or in anything else to do with language for that matter.
It supposedly dates back to the Battle of Agincourt when French soldiers chopped the index and middle fingers from captured English archers to prevent them from drawing their bows. I would’ve thought it a lot safer bet to just kill them.
Those archers who didn’t lose their fingers, would raise their hand, giving the fingers (jacks, some people call it, dunno why) in a rocking motion of the hand, as if to say, ‘screw you dickwad, I’ve still got my fingers,’ before launching a shedload of arrows in the direction of the French.
Thanks for your discussion on this one. You’ve been great.