The vertical middle finger first appeared at the end of the 100-year war between Britain and France.

Middle finger trivia:Insulting the origin of the other party’s erect middle finger
Middle finger trivia:Insulting the origin of the other party’s erect middle finger

The British archers caused a heavy loss to the French army. The French army vowed to defeat the British archers and cut off their middle fingers.

But the result was a fiasco. During the French army’s retreat, the British archers extended their right middle fingers to show off their remaining middle fingers. This insulting gesture quickly became popular in Western countries.

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