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History of "The Finger"

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by dontoe, May 10, 2006.

  1. dontoe

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    Middle Finger History


    The finger, as in giving someone the finger, is a hand gesture made by extending the middle finger of the hand while bending the other fingers at the second knuckle. The Finger is a silent way of saying "**** you", using the finger as a phallic symbol. The reference to coitus may be strengthened by first wetting the finger or by sucking on it.

    A story that refers to the gestures of longbowmen fighting in the English army at the Battle of Agincourt in particular is often mentioned when we speak about the Middle Finger history.

    Before the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, the French, anticipating victory over the English, proposed to cut off the middle finger of all captured English soldiers. Without the middle finger it would be impossible to draw the renowned English longbow and therefore be incapable of fighting in the future.


    This famous weapon was made of the native English Yew tree, and the act of drawing the longbow was known as "plucking the yew" (or "pluck yew"). Much to the bewilderment of the French, the English won a major upset and began mocking the French by waving their middle fingers at the defeated French, saying, "See, we can still pluck yew! PLUCK YEW!" Since "pluck yew" is rather difficult to say, the difficult consonant cluster at the beginning has gradually changed to a labiodental fricative F, and thus the words often used in conjunction with the one-finger-salute are mistakenly thought to have something to do with an intimate encounter.

    It is also because of the pheasant feathers on the arrows used with the longbow that the symbolic gesture is known as "giving the bird."




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    I can rest peacefully tonight knowing this :)
     
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    i always wanted to know where the fbomb originated from
     
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    Ha! That's a great story.

    Pluck Yew dontoe. :D
     
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    You looking fer a shaft? :p:
     
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    I've already got a long bow. :D
     
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    lol you forget the super finger

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    Donald, you can find some funny chit!!:haha: :haha: :haha: Oh yeah, Pluck all of Yew!!:haha:


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