? I thought it was pan-British Isle
s, as i was exposed to it in the south of England
. Like a reversed American "peace
" or "victory
" V, with the back of the hand
forward. The historical
origin of this was English archer
s taunting their French foes (who would apparently cut off these fingers on captive
s to make them useless as archers). At least, that's how i've heard the story.
If you happen to be in England (or Scotland, i guess) and you want to answer two to "How many more exams do you have?" or "You have how many lovers?", remember to put your palm forward, not the back of your hand. Well, for the latter, either might be appropriate (your call).