I understand that in the UK putting the index finger up along with its neighbour (I don't know how you call it) is offensive. I was wondering what's the origin of that, and hoping someone could confirm the story below. I've been told that this is offensive because the english used to cut off these two fingers from french archers, and then show them their own, making fun of them. Is that true? If not, does anyone know the real origin? Thanks.