We live in a society of manners. As such, we cannot flip the finger at every perceived offense and in every situation. There are rules to which we must adhere, else the very fabric of our society will fray and tear like cheap curtains in a sandstorm.
The “Finger? What Finger?” Finger (or the FWF) is a diplomatic tool, to be deployed with cunning and intelligence. If applied deftly, the recipient should be left wondering “Was that..Did she just…Was that the finger?? Meanwhile, non-recipients merely see the giver of the FWF as a thoughtful and polite individual who happens to touch her face when listening intently.
What it communicates to the recipient: Fuck you. This never happened. And, also: fuck you.
When to use it: In mixed polite company, when the finger is meant for a single individual only. For example, you might administer the FWF to your ex in a Kindergarten classroom, or to your sworn enemy across a conference room table during a meeting.
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