22/7 wrote:SpitValve: I've heard about the two finger "backwards peace sign" thing and that it had something to do with a king ordering all archers have their two string-drawing fingers cut off (something about assassins maybe?) and that showing those two fingers were like a "fuck you, you didn't get me" thing. Any idea if that's true? Oh, and if anyone else knows the answer to that, feel free to let me know. It's not like I'm testing SpitValve or anything.
Will wrote:I don't know if there's any truth to it either way, but I've heard this exact explanation in regard to the middle finger; namely that when the British would capture enemy archers in the era of longbowmen, they would cut off their middle finger so they couldn't fire their bows.
The French would cut off the first two fingers of English prisoners to prevent them from firing bows. The English, once they learned of this, started flashing those two fingers as a combination of "I can still fire a bow at you" and "come and get them."