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History of the Middle Finger

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Muddytazz, Sep 5, 2003.

  1. Muddytazz

    Muddytazz 1 ton status Premium Member

    Jun 30, 2002
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    Salem, Or.
    Giving the Finger
    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
    It is also because of the pheasant feathers on the arrows used w/ the
    longbow that the symbolic gesture is known as "giving the bird."
    And yew thought yew knew everything, isn't it interesting how history
    repeats itself!!
    The french still deserve the BIRD!!!!
  2. mudhog

    mudhog THEGAME Staff Member Super Moderator

    Nov 6, 2000
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    portland oregon
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  3. TXsizeK5

    TXsizeK5 1/2 ton status

    Aug 26, 2001
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    College Station, TX
    Is that true?

    I don't think so cause I've read/heard that it started in the Roman Empire, long before the English Monarchy.

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