Friday, March 27, 2009

I don't give a fig!

I don't give a fig!

Meaning: Complete lack of concern about an event

Origin: This phrase comes from the Spanish fico (fig) which gave its name to a traditional gesture of contempt made by placing the thumb between the first and second fingers. The gesture was common in Shakespeare's time and was known as The Fig of Spain. The modern-day equivalent is the "V" sign.

Photograph/Paul Mortensen


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