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The V-sign

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The V sign is a very ancient gesture from the time when England was at war with France. English longbowmen were the best archers in Europe and whenever the French captured English archers they would cut off the index and middle finger of their shooting hand, making them useless in future battles. The English archers then took up the two fingered gesture to taunt the French in the opposite lines to show that they had both their shooting fingers and so would be giving them hell on the battlefield. That explains why the gesture is virtually unknown outside UK. It isn't sexual at all - but trust Desmond Morris to come up with that explanation - Anthropologists are obsessed with sex!

Comment on The V-sign posted 2006-11-29 by Andrew Prentis from London