Whether you call it the finger, the bird, or the one finger salute, everyone recognizes the universal sign for “F*** You!”
There’s an art to giving the finger: the middle digit is fully extended and the remaining fingers are bent at the middle knuckle. The timing, angle, and duration of your gesture can make or break how effectively you land an insult. When executed just right, throwing a middle finger (or two) in the air can be one of the most satisfying feelings in the world.
Flipping people off is an act as old as the Pantheon.
Countless celebrities have flipped off photographers, and some of those images have become iconic. Every college student has seen the black and white photo of musician Johnny Cash holding up his middle finger. When Cash performed at San Quentin State Prison in 1969, the prison photographer told him to pose for a snapshot for the warden. Cash made his feelings about the prison’s leader exceptionally clear.
It’s very common to raise the middle finger to express discontent or rage toward the government and other powerful institutions; in fact, the gesture is integral to contemporary protests in the U.S.
While middle fingers are sometimes looked down on as vulgar or indecent, vulgarity and indecency are at the heart of the gesture. A raised middle finger indicates something detestable. A symbol of protest and defiance—whether over sports, politics, or family feuds—it’s clear that a single finger can be worth more than words.
You know who to give this card to!
Multilingual translation for “Flip the Bird”:
- Czech: překlopení ptáka
- Danish: flip fuglen
- German: Flip den Vogel
- Greek: γυρίστε το πουλί
- Spanish: gira el pájaro
- Finnish: flip lintu
- French: retourner l'oiseau
- Hindi: चिड़िया को पलटो
- Hungarian: flip a madár
- Italian: capovolgere l’uccello
- Japanese: 鳥をひっくり返す
- Korean: 새 플립
- Latin: cum flip avis
- Portuguese: mostrar o dedo do meio
- Romanian: Flip pasăre
- Russian: переверните птицу
- Swedish: vänd fågeln
- Tamil: பறவை கவிழ்த்து
- Turkish: kuşu çevir
- Urdu: برڈ پلٹائیں
- Yiddish: Flip די פויגל
- Chinese: 翻轉鳥