History of the Middle Finger Salute

Have you ever been so mad that you couldn’t simply communicate your frustration verbally. You might have saluted a person, the universe, the situation with the middle finger as a way of simply communicating your esteemed frustration.

Following a bout of frustration, yours truly received the middle finger salute and not as a communication to say that I was number 1 in their book, it was the complete opposite. It didn’t get a rise out of me, per say outside to curse them under my breath since they were clearly in the wrong, plus my youngest daughter was with me in the car. The joys of driving in Florida.

This action got me thinking where does the middle finger salute hail from – who is responsible? It is fairly ingenious that one physical signal can provide a direct meaning without any verbal activity. On my pathway to learn more oddities and factoids I learned it was the British. The British have shared the talent of The Beatles, Stephen Hawking, David Beckham and J.K. Rowling, and now the world can thank them for the middle finger salute as well.

The story goes that when the outnumbered English faced the French at the Battle of Agincourt, they were armed with a new weapon, the longbow. The French were so amused they vowed to cut off the middle finger of each British archer since this is what the archers used in handling the weapon. When the longbows won the day, the English jeered the retreating French by raising that middle finger in a gesture that still means, among other things, “in your face.”

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Thank you, British archers! For giving us this, meaningful symbol. I’ll try to reserve it only in the dire of circumstances if left tongue-tied or when I a symbol of what I’m saying is needed to provide a clear message.  Maybe I should take up archery as well.

Have you ever used the middle finger salute?  Or another physical symbol that strikes such a cord?  Always good idea to know where it comes from.  Hope my little post provided you with some entertainment for the day.

Distracted Much?

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Today, I had every intention of siting at my desk to hammer out a couple of ideas for my new writing courses.  What new short stories ideas could I muster?  I could start my next ‘scene’ assignment due mid-December.  Guess what happened?  DISTRACTIONS.  I enjoy social media and web-surfing and my 2 hours were quickly dwindled away with all kinds of activities, none of them focusing on my goal of writing.  The closest I got was web surfing some of my favorite writing sites and purchasing some new books.

Do you have this problem, where you don’t have an immediate idea or step in process to take ,and get distracted?  If so how do you deal?

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Uni-Tasker Is Not an Ugly Word

“They threw rocks at him and called him a multi-tasker!  Can you believe it?  Like anyone can do more than one thing at a time successfully, give me a break.  Who do they think he is some super computer robot?” She said sarcastically.

He gave her a cross look as he finished his text message while listening to her drone on about his driving, in suggestion she had gone to far. “It must have been user error”

Smelling the roses
Smelling the roses (Photo credit: Ed.ward)
  • How many web tabs and programs do you have open right now? What other distractions are around you?
  • Have you said “I’m listening” to a friend and/or colleague while simultaneously typing a text message or reading an e-mail?

Part of the blame is the culture that’s been created from the attitude “I need it now”. People who think they are great at multitasking are usually the worst at it.  The reason is that they are less likely to realize the mistakes they are making.  Practice DOES NOT make perfect when doing several things at once. If there is a continuous speed to switching to and fro in a task, you lose the ability to think strategically and solve complex issues.  You will miss the scent of the proverbial rose sort of speak.

Take the time for yourself and others to know when to stop multitasking, that is the important skill to master!

So how will you avoid falling into the black hole of multi-tasking?

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