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TOPIC: The History of the Middle Finger

The History of the Middle Finger 10 years 10 months ago #6316

The History of the Middle Finger

Well, now......here's something I never knew before, and now that I know it, I feel compelled to send it on to my more intelligent friends in the hope that they, too, will feel edified.  Isn't history more fun when you know something about it? 

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 they would be incapable of fighting in the future. This famous English longbow 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!  Since 'pluck yew' is rather difficult to say, the difficult consonant cluster at the beginning has gradually changed to a labiodentals fricative F', and thus the words often used in conjunction with the one-finger-salute!  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.'

AND TO THINK IT IS STILL AN APPROPRIATE SALUTE TO OUR ENEMIES TODAY!

And yew thought yew knew every plucking thing!

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Re: The History of the Middle Finger 10 years 9 months ago #6412

Got it!

I had a similar experience --

activerain.com/blogsview/836259/Let-Your-Light-So-Shine

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Re: The History of the Middle Finger 10 years 9 months ago #6416

Let your light shine!

That is GREAT!

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The History of the Middle Finger 1 year 3 months ago #64498

Hey, guys! myself Devayani I'm a newbie on this forum. I hope that I will get here new experience and ideas.

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