The History of the Middle Finger  

Goldenhairgodess 63F
471 posts
6/6/2006 12:18 am

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The History of the Middle Finger

The 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 at Agincourt 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 yew thought yew knew every plucking thing !!


rm_anydoor2 64M
14 posts
6/6/2006 1:05 am

wow you've got some big words in there at the end.your story ,while mostly true,got quite shady at the end and brought to mind the excellent tongue twister which was also used by a brave person in a song which was recorded and broadcast on radio.
I'm not a pheasant plucker
I'm a pheasant plucker's son
and I'm only plucking pheasants till the
pheasant plucker comes.
Another excellent twister goes
Old mother Ruddy Fuddy had a rough cut punt,
Not a punt cut rough
But a rough cut punt.

Try them ,they are fun and get a lot of laughs


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