Tuesday, March 2, 2010


One media reporting indicated that the middle finger is a part of "little sign language". Is that really the middle finger "sign language" or just a gesture?

Here is the link to Eddie Runyon's Bluegrass State U.S. Senator's offensive gestural sign -


When people decide that the middle finger is really a "sign language"? What the middle finger is?

Here is the links to the so-called profanity signs within the American Sign Language (ASL) from the Internet -http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Profanity_in_American_Sign_Language


Many of us, deaf Americans know what the deaf Japanese people usually use their middle finger for the Japanese Sign Language of "brother" -http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finger_(gesture)

How interesting about the use of text for middle finger - ..l.. http://forum.ebaumsworld.com/showthread.php?t=121411



When and how the "middle finger" begun used by people as an offensive gesture. Here are the links - http://www.ooze.com/finger/html/history.html


Many Americans including me as a little kid never forgot our own Vice President Nelson Rockfeller of the Republican Party extended his famous middle finger at people during the Ford presidency (Gerald Ford) - http://iconicphotos.wordpress.com/2009/10/29/rockefeller-gives-middle-finger/

Photos of famous people's use of "middle finger" (please scroll down for more pictures) Okay?


Many countries use gestural sign of profanity to express their thoughts and feelings -http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italian_profanity

Americans usually use the gestural sign for "okay" which consider truly offensive in other countries. You would be punched by someone else when you use "OK" gestural sign - http://www.answerbag.com/q_view/1158504


Other places considered the gestural sign for "victory" to be offensive -http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V_sign


Pretty much for the United States' own major political party like the Republican Party elected officers engage in offensive gestural sign. The Republican Party often declare itself as a party of "family values". *stratch head*

Will the American Sign Language Teacher Association (ASLTA) and National Association of the Deaf (NAD) and other linguistic departments across the United States send out the letter of correction in dispute with the media use of middle finger as part of "little sign language"?

ASLize yours,

Robert L. Mason (RLM)



  1. I remember I watched a tv show about the war between England and France during medieval times on History Channel and they mentioned about how the middle finger was started. I googled and found this:

    "What is the origin of the Middle finger obscene gesture?

    The middle finger gesture originated from medieval times. English bowmen had their middle fingers cut off by the French if captured because that was the finger they used to draw the long bow. It was a taunt from all those who survived to show they still had their middle fingers."

    Yup, that was it. :-)

  2. DeafBison33,

    Yea, I already knew about the origin of middle finger gesture. I did post the link - history of middle finger above .

    Truly appreciated that you wanted to share the info with all of us from your History Channel viewing. :) Thanks again.


  3. RLM:

    You said "Here is the link to Eddie Runyon's Bluegrass State U.S. Senator's offensive gestural sign".

    Why use MY name in that sentence? It implies that I condone the obscenity or am somehow responsible for his actions. That was uncalled for. Why not say "Johnny Depp's Bluegrass State" or "Lee Major's Bluegrass State?" Better yet, why not just say "Kentucky Senator Jim Bunning"? Your use of my name in there is uncalled for, as I said.

    To set the record straight, I do NOT condone his alleged use of an obscene gesture. I use the word "alleged" because there is no videotape and I did not personally witness it, but I would not at all be surprised that he did flip the reporter off.


  4. Why so bully with your rednecked southern accent. You've gotta learn to answer with respect to DeafBison!

  5. Ah, I didnt bother to click links. I pretty much know about it and didnt see "origin" in there. But glad I could help. Btw, im not saying u didnt know but just letting others who view this and learn something more about your topic. :-)

    Good that you post this. Kinda silly when people think middle finger is part of sign language as though it is NOT! However, some people make a joke when asked if they knew sign language, they flipped his middle finger and said "I only know this!" :-P

  6. Oh, and just to show Republicans aren't the only ones with a profanity or obscenity "problem", check out these links:






  7. Eddie,

    I just acknowledge that you live in the Bluegrass State where your U.S. Senator comes from.

    You ought to recall for the outser of your Senator Bumming which U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell did push Bumming to retire, instead of running for the re-election last time.

    The constitutents ought to pull his middle finger over to scold him, instead of using soap in his mouth.

    Just had a pleasure of taking the cheap shots at the Republicans.

    Yes, everyone could do it including Democrats.


  8. Weak, Robert. Very weak. Obviously I can't be the only person you know from Kentucky, so I'm still puzzled why you made the decision to "point out" that I live in Kentucky. Senator Bunning made the decision to retire and not seek re-election. And actually, a lot of people support him taking a stand.

    His position was that the Senate had just recently reenacted "Paygo", which means that no spending will be authorized without offsetting cuts or funds already available. He asked that the unused economic stimulus funds be used instead of creating new deficit spending, to pay for the bill.

    While I DO agree we should not have new deficit spending, I disagree with his method of making his point. This should have been settled during negotiations a couple of weeks ago, not as a last minute one man filibuster that potentially harms many people.

    It's funny how few people are even acknowledging that new deficit spending was created with this when we have unused economic stimulus funds already set aside. Instead of that, they labeled this bill basically as emergency spending and suspended the recently enacted Paygo requirements so they wouldn't have to adhere to it. But that is now a moot point, as an agreement has been reached and he has dropped his objection.


  9. Eddie,

    That is true about me only think of you. I do not know much people living in KY.:)


  10. It is so funny to see how a simple finger can mean so much for many people around the world. I can be used a a bad sign or as a good one, so we better be careful with the usage of it

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