One day recently my precious 5 year old asked me what the middle finger meant.
She knew enough to know that she shouldn't put her middle finger up but she wanted to know why. There was no doubt that one of her 3 older brothers told her that pointing with your middle finger means the same as a bad word.
Ah the joys of having older siblings in school.
As simplistically as I could, I told her that putting your middle finger up at someone means that you want something really bad to happen that person. I said that is shows that you don't like the person or are really mad at the person. I also told her the word that means the same thing.
I was honest and forth-coming. All the while, I was a bit sad that I had to explain it all to a 5 year old.
A few hours later, my daughter proudly said,
"Momma, I'm gonna give peanuts the middle finger... It's okay because peanuts are really bad for David."