The Finger/the birdbi

Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Wed Jan 23 13:56:16 UTC 2002

I have the accompanying "perch" command from at least the mid-50's. I
didn't hear "the bird" until the late 60's.


>         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
>John Baker
>>  -----Original Message-----
>>  From: Dennis R. Preston [SMTP:preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU]
>>  Sent: Tuesday, January 22, 2002 6:36 PM
>>  Subject:      Re: The Finger/the birdbi
>>  Good one Paul! Not just Chicago, Louisville too. There's that dang bird!
>>  dInIs
>>  >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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