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    [In Western culture, the finger (as in giving someone the finger or the bird), also known as the middle finger, is an obscene hand gesture, often meaning the phrases [fuck off] ([screw off]), [fuck you] ([screw you]) or [up yours]. It is performed by showing the back of a closed fist that has only the middle finger extended upwards.

    In Ancient Greece it was known as the κατάπυγον (katapugon, from kata – κατά, [downwards] and pugē – πυγή, [rump, buttocks]) and reference is made to using the finger in ancient Greek comedy to insult another person, where the term katapugon also meant [a male (or a female, katapugaina) who submits to anal penetration]. It is identified as the digitus impudicus (impudent finger) in Ancient Roman writings and the widespread usage of the finger in many cultures is likely due to the geographical influence of the Roman Empire and Greco-Roman civilization. Another possible origin of this gesture can be found in the first-century Mediterranean world, where extending the finger was one of many methods used to divert the ever-present threat of the evil eye offense]. – Wikipedia


    Actress Traci Bingham flips the finger for the photographer at Stuff Magazines 7 Deadly Sins Escapade party July 20, 2000 at the Old Chinatown section of Los Angeles, CA


    Actress Traci Bingham flips the finger for the photographer at Stuff Magazines [7 Deadly Sins Escapade] party July 20, 2000 at the Old Chinatown section of Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Chris Weeks/Liaison)




    Actor Jack Black attends the premiere of the film Orange County January 7, 2002 at the Paramount Pictures studio theatre in Hollywood, CA


    Actor Jack Black attends the premiere of the film Orange County January 7, 2002 at the Paramount Pictures studio theatre in Hollywood, CA. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)




    Elian Gonzalez makes an obscene gesture with his finger after getting angry during a kickball game


    Elian Gonzalez makes an obscene gesture with his finger after getting angry during a kickball game, April 20, 2000 in Miami. He was playing with family and friends in the yard of the home where he is staying in Miamis Little Havana district. (Photo by Joe Raedle)




    Actress Julie Strain makes an obscene gesture as she poses for a photographer at the launch party for Bold Magazine at the Sunset Room September 28, 2000 in Hollywood, CA


    Actress Julie Strain makes an obscene gesture as she poses for a photographer at the launch party for Bold Magazine at the Sunset Room September 28, 2000 in Hollywood, CA. (Photo by Steve W Grayson/Newsmakers)




    Traci Bingham, right, gives the photographer the finger April 11, 2000 at the grand opening of W. Los Angeles Hotels located in Westwood, Ca


    Traci Bingham, right, gives the photographer [the finger] April 11, 2000 at the grand opening of W. Los Angeles Hotels located in Westwood, Ca. (Photo by Chris Weeks)




    Singer Britney Spears gives the finger


    Singer Britney Spears gives [the finger] on October 13, 2002 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ben-Ari Finegold/Getty Images)




    The Osbournes star Sharon Osbourne (L) and musician, Rob Zombie, flip the finger as Zombies wife looks on at the 2002 MTV Movie Awards at The Shrine Auditorium


    [The Osbournes] star Sharon Osbourne (L) and musician, Rob Zombie, flip the finger as Zombies wife looks on at the 2002 MTV Movie Awards at The Shrine Auditorium June 1, 2002 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)




    British female pop group Misteeq give the middle finger to photographers at the NME Carling Awards in the Planit arches


    British female pop group Misteeq give the middle finger to photographers at the NME Carling Awards in the Planit arches, Shoreditch, London on February 26, 2002. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)




    American singer Pink raises her middle fingers at a studio photocall at the MTV European Music Awards 2002


    American singer Pink raises her middle fingers at a studio photocall at the MTV European Music Awards 2002 held at the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona, Spain on November 14, 2002. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)




    Musician Avril Lavigne gestures as she arrives for the JUNO Awards ceremony at the Rexall Centre


    Musician Avril Lavigne gestures as she arrives for the JUNO Awards ceremony at the Rexall Centre April 4, 2004 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Donald Weber/Getty Images)




    Fashion model Sky Lopez gestures as she stands backstage at the LA Fashion Show


    Fashion model Sky Lopez gestures as she stands backstage at the LA Fashion Show, presented by Femme Fatales and hosted by Traci Bingham, at Avalon on May 26, 2004 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Robert Bertoia/Getty Images)




    Traci Bingham Gives The Photographer The Finger At The Post-Oscar Party


    Traci Bingham Gives The Photographer The Finger At The Post-Oscar Party Held By Brentwood Magazine At Crustacean, March 26, 2000 In Beverly Hills, Ca. (Photo By Chris Weeks/Getty Images)




    Models backstage at the Rose Schott Fall 2005 show


    Models backstage at the Rose Schott Fall 2005 show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios March 17, 2005 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)




    Musician Todd Snider poses for a portrait at the Getty Images Portrait Studio during the 2006 Sundance Film Festival


    Musician Todd Snider poses for a portrait at the Getty Images Portrait Studio during the 2006 Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2006 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Mark Mainz/Getty Images)




    Singer Avril Lavigne attends the US Weekly Hot Hollywood Awards party held at the Republic restaurant and lounge


    Singer Avril Lavigne attends the US Weekly Hot Hollywood Awards party held at the Republic restaurant and lounge on April 26, 2006 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)




    An activist of the anti-G8 forum Block G8 shows his middle finger to a police helicopter passing overhead


    An activist of the anti-G8 forum [Block G8] shows his middle finger to a police helicopter passing overhead June 07, 2007 at Bollhagen, near Heiligendamm, Germany. (Photo by Carsten Koall/Getty Images)




    Damon Downey arrives at the Louis Vuitton Maison reception


    Damon Downey arrives at the Louis Vuitton Maison reception on December 2, 2011 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)


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[The Finger]


[In Western culture, the finger (as in giving someone the finger or the bird), also known as the middle finger, is an obscene hand gesture, often meaning the phrases [fuck off] ([screw off]), [fuck you] ([screw you]) or [up yours]. It is performed by showing the back of a closed fist that has only the middle finger extended upwards.

In Ancient Greece it was known as the κατάπυγον (katapugon, from kata – κατά, [downwards] and pugē – πυγή, [rump, buttocks]) and reference is made to using the finger in ancient Greek comedy to insult another person, where the term katapugon also meant [a male (or a female, katapugaina) who submits to anal penetration]. It is identified as the digitus impudicus (impudent finger) in Ancient Roman writings and the widespread usage of the finger in many cultures is likely due to the geographical influence of the Roman Empire and Greco-Roman civilization. Another possible origin of this gesture can be found in the first-century Mediterranean world, where extending the finger was one of many methods used to divert the ever-present threat of the evil eye offense]. – Wikipedia


Actress Traci Bingham flips the finger for the photographer at Stuff Magazines 7 Deadly Sins Escapade party July 20, 2000 at the Old Chinatown section of Los Angeles, CA


Actress Traci Bingham flips the finger for the photographer at Stuff Magazines [7 Deadly Sins Escapade] party July 20, 2000 at the Old Chinatown section of Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Chris Weeks/Liaison)




Actor Jack Black attends the premiere of the film Orange County January 7, 2002 at the Paramount Pictures studio theatre in Hollywood, CA


Actor Jack Black attends the premiere of the film Orange County January 7, 2002 at the Paramount Pictures studio theatre in Hollywood, CA. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)




Elian Gonzalez makes an obscene gesture with his finger after getting angry during a kickball game


Elian Gonzalez makes an obscene gesture with his finger after getting angry during a kickball game, April 20, 2000 in Miami. He was playing with family and friends in the yard of the home where he is staying in Miamis Little Havana district. (Photo by Joe Raedle)




Actress Julie Strain makes an obscene gesture as she poses for a photographer at the launch party for Bold Magazine at the Sunset Room September 28, 2000 in Hollywood, CA


Actress Julie Strain makes an obscene gesture as she poses for a photographer at the launch party for Bold Magazine at the Sunset Room September 28, 2000 in Hollywood, CA. (Photo by Steve W Grayson/Newsmakers)




Traci Bingham, right, gives the photographer the finger April 11, 2000 at the grand opening of W. Los Angeles Hotels located in Westwood, Ca


Traci Bingham, right, gives the photographer [the finger] April 11, 2000 at the grand opening of W. Los Angeles Hotels located in Westwood, Ca. (Photo by Chris Weeks)




Singer Britney Spears gives the finger


Singer Britney Spears gives [the finger] on October 13, 2002 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ben-Ari Finegold/Getty Images)




The Osbournes star Sharon Osbourne (L) and musician, Rob Zombie, flip the finger as Zombies wife looks on at the 2002 MTV Movie Awards at The Shrine Auditorium


[The Osbournes] star Sharon Osbourne (L) and musician, Rob Zombie, flip the finger as Zombies wife looks on at the 2002 MTV Movie Awards at The Shrine Auditorium June 1, 2002 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)




British female pop group Misteeq give the middle finger to photographers at the NME Carling Awards in the Planit arches


British female pop group Misteeq give the middle finger to photographers at the NME Carling Awards in the Planit arches, Shoreditch, London on February 26, 2002. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)




American singer Pink raises her middle fingers at a studio photocall at the MTV European Music Awards 2002


American singer Pink raises her middle fingers at a studio photocall at the MTV European Music Awards 2002 held at the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona, Spain on November 14, 2002. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)




Musician Avril Lavigne gestures as she arrives for the JUNO Awards ceremony at the Rexall Centre


Musician Avril Lavigne gestures as she arrives for the JUNO Awards ceremony at the Rexall Centre April 4, 2004 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Donald Weber/Getty Images)




Fashion model Sky Lopez gestures as she stands backstage at the LA Fashion Show


Fashion model Sky Lopez gestures as she stands backstage at the LA Fashion Show, presented by Femme Fatales and hosted by Traci Bingham, at Avalon on May 26, 2004 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Robert Bertoia/Getty Images)




Traci Bingham Gives The Photographer The Finger At The Post-Oscar Party


Traci Bingham Gives The Photographer The Finger At The Post-Oscar Party Held By Brentwood Magazine At Crustacean, March 26, 2000 In Beverly Hills, Ca. (Photo By Chris Weeks/Getty Images)




Models backstage at the Rose Schott Fall 2005 show


Models backstage at the Rose Schott Fall 2005 show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios March 17, 2005 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)




Musician Todd Snider poses for a portrait at the Getty Images Portrait Studio during the 2006 Sundance Film Festival


Musician Todd Snider poses for a portrait at the Getty Images Portrait Studio during the 2006 Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2006 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Mark Mainz/Getty Images)




Singer Avril Lavigne attends the US Weekly Hot Hollywood Awards party held at the Republic restaurant and lounge


Singer Avril Lavigne attends the US Weekly Hot Hollywood Awards party held at the Republic restaurant and lounge on April 26, 2006 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)




An activist of the anti-G8 forum Block G8 shows his middle finger to a police helicopter passing overhead


An activist of the anti-G8 forum [Block G8] shows his middle finger to a police helicopter passing overhead June 07, 2007 at Bollhagen, near Heiligendamm, Germany. (Photo by Carsten Koall/Getty Images)




Damon Downey arrives at the Louis Vuitton Maison reception


Damon Downey arrives at the Louis Vuitton Maison reception on December 2, 2011 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)


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