The Finger/the birdbi
JMB at STRADLEY.COM
Tue Jan 22 23:56:00 UTC 2002
Although the bird itself, I understand, is quite old, the OED takes
this meaning of "bird" back only to 1968 - 1970 (which is shortly before I
first heard the "finger" so called). So: Which came first, the bird or the
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Dennis R. Preston [SMTP:preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU]
> Sent: Tuesday, January 22, 2002 6:36 PM
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> Subject: Re: The Finger/the birdbi
> Good one Paul! Not just Chicago, Louisville too. There's that dang bird!
> >Does anyone else remember the fifties, in Chicago, when, when giving the
> >"finger", it was common to say, "Perch on this"? Thereby neatly tying
> >together bird and finger.
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