History of the middle finger

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History of the middle finger

Post by dineshray on Sun Nov 30, 2008 9:04 pm

History of the middle 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 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."

IT IS STILL AN APPROPRIATE SALUTE TO THE FRENCH TODAY!

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