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The rude middle finger gesture often called "flipping the bird" in the USA has been around for a long time. It was also used in ancient Greece. Aristophanes mentions it. Coincidental I am sure, but the word he used was ἐσκιμάλισεν or eskimalisen which means pushing your finger up a bird's anus.


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Birds have anuses? All the birds I know about have cloacas. Maybe ancient Greek birds were different.

Good find anyway, Bob!
 
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means pushing your finger up a bird's anus.
Really, Bob? Because that could not be coincidental, could it? I mean, it is exactly what the gesture means.
 
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Pretty sure it’s just coincidence. There appears to be no traceable link


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