History of the middle finger

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[FONT=&quot]HISTORY
OF THE FAMOUS MIDDLE FINGER

Isn't history more fun when you know something about it?

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 they
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 labiodental 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. [/FONT]
 


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