Flip someone off vs give someone the finger

JerryLCC

Senior Member
Chinese
Hi guys,

I would also wonder that both "flip someone off" and "give someone the finger" sounds insulting words.

Are those two words interchangeable? like, While I was driving, a man flipped me off, I was totally freak out.

could I say that?

THanks
 
  • Copyright

    Senior Member
    American English
    They are not insulting words, they are insulting gestures. The two are interchangeable for me. As for your sentence, it's fine if you change a couple of things:

    When I was driving, a man flipped me off. I was totally freaked out.
     

    bicontinental

    Senior Member
    English (US), Danish, bilingual
    I agree that the two terms are used interchangeably...another one that comes to mind is 'flip the bird'.
    Bic.
     
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