The 'middle finger salute' is derived from the defiant gestures of English archers whose fingers had been severed by the French at the Battle of Agincourt. The French, who were overwhelmingly favored to win the battle, threatened to cut a certain body part off of all captured English soldiers so that they could never fight again. The English won in a major upset and waved the body part in question at the French in defiance.
Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte demanded on Wednesday the European Union show him respect worthy of a president, despite giving the bloc a one-finger gesture and a vulgar four-letter rebuke after its legislators expressed concern about his drug war. Why would you insult me? After lambasting the United Nations, the United States and its president and Nobel laureate, Barack Obama, the EU is the latest high-profile recipient of a Duterte dressing-down that has become part of his appeal to millions of Filipinos.
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Cushing contends that hand gestures are what make humans distinct as a race. Flipping people off is an act as old as the Pantheon. Diogenes Laertiusa classical-era biographer of Greek philosophers, was said to have tossed a middle finger or two in his day.
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Photo via Pixabay. In late October, a woman named Juli Briskman pulled off something that many Americans—plus many foreigners—would die to do. Briskman, bless her heart, flipped Trump the bird.
No section of rude emoticons would be complete without a big collection of middle finger emoticons and smileys, so here they are! We've got all sorts of finger emoticons for you, many of them moving and animated. So browse them and download the ones that you like.
Sometimes a gesture can convey a message more satisfactorily than words. Why tell someone to fuck off when you can just give them the finger? We like to think that gestures can transcend language, or that they are a more universal form of communication, but we only have to look at the difference in the offensive gesture repertoire of North American and UK English speakers to know this is not true.