The middle finger, long finger, or tall finger is the third digit of the human hand, located between the index finger and the ring finger. It is usually the longest finger. It is also called the third finger, digitus medius, digitus tertius, or digitus III in anatomy.
In Western countries, extending the middle finger (either on its own, or along with the index finger in the United Kingdom) is an offensive and obscene gesture, colloquially known as "flipping the bird", "flipping someone off", or simply "giving the finger". The gesture is usually used as a form of insult to the person it is directed to.
Famous quotes containing the words middle and/or finger:
“When youre alone in the middle of the night and you wake in a sweat and a hell of a fright
When youre alone in the middle of the bed and you wake like someone hit you in the head
Youve had a cream of a nightmare dream and youve got the hoo-has coming to you.”
—T.S. (Thomas Stearns)
“Over the water come
Children from homes and childrens parks
Who speak on a finger and thumb,
And the masked, headless boy.”
—Dylan Thomas (19141953)