Discussion in ' Cultural Discussions ' started by lampiao , Feb 9, Log in or Sign up. Dictionary and thread title search: Putting two fingers up For brits Discussion in ' Cultural Discussions ' started by lampiao , Feb 9, Previous Thread Next Thread. I understand that in the UK putting the index finger up along with its neighbour I don't know how you call it is offensive.
I was wondering what's the origin of that, and hoping someone could confirm the story below. I've been told that this is offensive because the english used to cut off these two fingers from french archers, and then show them their own, making fun of them. If not, does anyone know the real origin? Mei Senior Member Where streets have no name Mei , Feb 9, IdF French lower Normandy.
So, is it only used in the UK? DearPrudence , Feb 9, Benjy , Feb 9, Laia , Feb 9, Thanks a lot Benjy! And to sum up and clear some doubts, here's the bit of the article that matters for this question: The gesture dates back to English archers at Agincourt in , who stuck up two fingers in defiance of the French threat to cut off their fingers if captured No, it does mean victory here in the UK as well but only when you have your palm facing away from you when you put up your middle and index fingers.
If you do it the other way round i. I understood that it originated from the british archers showing the French that they still have the two fingers and can still fire arrows and maybe this was why the French cut those fingers off in the first place so that if they escape they can't use their bows anymore.
So it is like saying "You haven't cut my fingers off and so I can still fire arrows at you" used as a warning or a sign of power. Just linking ideas correct me if I am wrong but this sounds feasible. Thanks rat boy, and welcome! In time you'll discover that it is hard to log off. Outsider Senior Member Portuguese Portugal. Outsider , Feb 10, I didn't know that was offensive to brits I only know about the American just middle finger version.
Did this come from the British version? How did it change to just one finger? That's a cool story about the french Mayagirl , Feb 11, You must log in or sign up to reply here. Share This Page Tweet. Your name or email address: Do you already have an account? No, create an account now. Yes, my password is:More...