Date: Mon, 3 Feb 1997 18:58:19 -0500 From: Mark Mandel Subject: "the bird" My daughter inquires about the origin of 1. the American rude gesture known as "flipping the bird", which is not really within the domain of this list, and 2. its name, which is. Can anyone help? Mark A. Mandel : mark[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Dragon Systems, Inc. : speech recognition : +1 617 965-5200 320 Nevada St., Newton, MA 02160, USA : Personal home page: