time you’re in traffic in Texas and you feel like flipping someone
the bird, just remember, you’re taking part in an ancient tradition.
to a report in The Houston Chronicle, a court recently
decided that car driver Robert Lee Coggin was not necessarily
engaging in disorderly behavior when he made what is widely regarded
as an obscene gesture involving the middle finger and directed
it at a slower driver.
conviction for using the gesture was overturned by the 3rd Court
of Appeals in Austin, TX. In the majority opinion, the court noted
the gesture’s distinguished sounding history.
middle finger jerk was so popular among the Romans that they even
gave a special name to the middle digit, calling it the impudent
finger: digitus impudicus,” the judges wrote in the decision,
which was quoted by The Chronicle.
"The middle-finger jerk has survived for over 2,000 years
and is still current in many parts of the world, especially in
the United States."
spent thousands in legal fees in his court battle, which helped
him avoid a ticket for disorderly conduct.