Slang for showing someone the middle finger.
Originally a taunt created by the English. During wars between the French and the English, the French would cut of the English captives' middle fingers to disable their bowmen. English bowmen would show French soldiers their middle finger to mean, "you didn't get me."
Eventually evolved (in America only) to mean "Up yours," and later switched definitions to "F*** you."
That bastard gave me the finger!
when someone raises their index finger (meaning: wait a moment please)
Person1: (talking to Person2) ya i dont like that bob kid
Person2: really? i dont think he's that ba-
Person3: HI EVERYBODY! hey Person1, cna you help me?
Person1:(gives the finger)
"The Finger" refers to the middle finger, that is, the third finger from either side of your hand. When it is raised on its own and pointed at someone, it means "fuck you," or similar. This symbolism was created by the Greeks, and gets its definition from the fact that the hand takes the shape of a penis and testicles.
Boy: "Did that guy just give me the finger?"
Girl: "I think so. Maybe you should quit being such an asshole."
sign launage for FUCK YOU!!!!!
the only sign launage i kno is the finger
THE HISTORICAL ORIGIN OF "THE FINGER"
This is not meant to be crude. It is strictly for your edification and enjoyment.
Before the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, the French, anticipating victory over the English, proposed to cut off the middle finger of all captured English soldiers. Without the middle finger, it would be impossible to draw the renowned English longbow and therefore be incapable of fighting in the future.
This famous weapon was made of the native English Yew tree, and the act of drawing the longbow was known as "plucking the yew." Much to the bewilderment of the French, the English won a major upset and began mocking the French by waving their middle fingers at the defeated French, saying, "See, we can still pluck yew! PLUCK YEW!"
Over the years, some 'folk etymologies' have grown up around this symbolic gesture. Since 'pluck yew' is rather difficult to say (like "pleasant mother pheasant pluckier", which is who you had to go to for the feathers used on the arrows for the longbow), the difficult consonant cluster at the beginning has gradually changed to a labiodental fricative 'F', and thus the words often used in conjunction with the one-finger-salute are mistakenly thought to have something to do with an intimate encounter.
It is also because of the pheasant feathers on the arrows that the symbolic gesture is known as "giving the bird."