LIKE every closed group or secret society that has a covert handshake, wink, tickle or hug, the TOA mob have their own unique gesture of acknowledgement: the Shawry Salute. Originating from the loss of one of Michael Shaw’s fingers, the Shawry Salute has become the official TOA greeting.
Ramble campfire chat had that digit being chewed off by a huge croc, run over by a Troopy wearing split rims, and even slammed in a Troopy barn door. The real way Shawry lost that ring finger is… sorry, can’t tell you.
Anyone outside the Troopy family who finds out, will face the same painful consequences.
So, if you really need to know, you’ll have to buy a Troopy and join the family.