Updated: 8:29 PM UTC, Jul 16, 2017

What's the Origin of "The Finger"?

The finger of honor in England is indicated by two fingers (when displayed with the palm inward). This practice dates back to the Hundred Years' War: the French would typically cut off the fingers (those necessary for archery) of their English captives. The English in turn would show the two fingers to provoke the French enemy.

Battle of Crécy between the English and French in the Hundred Years' War. From a 15th-century illuminated manuscript of Jean Froissart's Chronicles Battle of Crécy between the English and French in the Hundred Years' War. From a 15th-century illuminated manuscript of Jean Froissart's Chronicles

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