Middle Finger, Vancouver, BC, Canada - The middle finger (also the long finger or bird finger, and usually the longest finger) took his own life today. First responders to the scene say there was no note left behind explaining why middle finger did it. Since this may lead to speculation as to why middle finger ended it all, friends of the deceased say it was probably because middle finger was getting tired of meaning nothing other than "eff you" or "up yours."
Middle finger, being the third digit of the human hand, has always been located between the index and ring finger. Also affectionately known as "the third finger", digitus medius, digitus tertius, "digitus infamous", or digitus III in anatomy. The middle finger in the writings of Ancient Rome will forever be remembered as digitus impudicus (impudent finger), where reference is made to using the finger in ancient Greek comedy to insult another person.
By the same token, around the first century, the finger was used about the Mediterranean as a way to thwart the evil eye. Whether directed for reasons of envy or dislike, the evil eye was just as accepted as giving the finger was in turn.
Moreover, the widespread usage of the finger in many cultures is likely due to the geographical influence of the Roman Empire and Greco-Roman civilization. All over the world, extending the middle finger (either on its own or along with the index finger in the United Kingdom and Australia) has always been known as an offensive and obscene gesture.
"Flipping the bird", "flipping someone off", or simply "giving the finger" was regarded as a rewarding experience for the person displaying it. Now people may have to return to biting their thumbs as a universal sign of disrespect, such as Capulet's servant Sampson does to start a fight with Abraham (Montague's servant) in William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet".
But it is not as apt to catch on as quickly as the finger did.
The middle finger will be sorely missed. Survived by index finger, ring finger, pinky, and thumb, memorial services will not be held out of respect for the relatives of the deceased. Contributions and condolences can be sent to Krapsody.com
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