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    Mod Squad Enforcer Charter Member Cash Bar's Avatar
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    Talking History of the Middle Finger....Funny !


    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?
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    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 they would 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 with the
    longbow that the symbolic gesture is known as "giving the bird."

    And yew thought yew knew everything!!!!!!!
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    Re: History of the Middle Finger....Funny !

    Not everything... but I knew that!!
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    Re: History of the Middle Finger....Funny !

    Even at my age I'm learning new stuff everyday thanks to this board.
    You guys inspire me.

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