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He was supported by opposition Liberal Party leader Brendan Nelson, who described the image as a "two-fingered salute to the rest of society". (From BBC news)

Does the highlighted phrase mean insult / affront to the society? This is new to me. Thanks
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AbilHe was supported by opposition Liberal Party leader Brendan Nelson, who described the image as a "two-fingered salute to the rest of society". (From BBC news)

Does the highlighted phrase mean insult / affront to the society? This is new to me. Thanks

A two-fingered salute is a very rude gesture. It basically means _ _ _ _ Off
Thanks Optilang, I got it.
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In the US, a one-fingered "salute" is more common. It's called, variously, giving someone the finger, flipping the bird, or flipping someone off. Here 's an interesting Wikipedia article about the gesture.
Delmobile, I did not understand the meaning of one-fingered salute. Can you explain it a bit more.

Also, you seem to have forgot to post the link to Wikipedia article. Thanks for your efforts.
Here's the link



It has a different meaning in the UK.
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Things are a bit more complicated. You can have both the Victory sign and the insult, depending on how your palm is facing:


In this context, it's probably the latter.
Marius HancuThings are a bit more complicated. You can have both the Victory sign and the insult, depending on how your palm is facing:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V_sign
In this context, it's probably the latter.

It's definitely the latter. We refer to the Victory salute/sign as that, and the two-fingered salute as the other.
Thanks Optilang and Marius Hancu.
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