If somebody is mildly angry, they might just give the middle finger. If they’re very angry, they might give it with some sort of words or facial expression that shows anger. And if they’re off-the-charts angry, they may give a double.

Professor Ira P. Robbins — author of Digitus Impudicus: The Middle Finger and the Law, and “an actual legal expert on flipping the bird” — explaining the significance of the middle finger on the Colbert Report (with gestures).


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