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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-09-2008, 12:04 PM Thread Starter
 
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History of the middle finger.

I checked snopes, but found nothing. While most of the details revolving around wordage in this story seem incredibly fake, the base story itself seems possible. It has definitely peaked my curiosity, so I thought maybe someone else here might have heard something about this, and could shed some light on the truth of it.

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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 nat ive 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.'
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Do some research before posting this senseless crap

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Do some research before posting this senseless crap


aww cut me some slack!! lol I was searching for stories about the middle finger, not the wording!!

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-30-2008, 12:17 PM
 
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i thought that was the origin for the UK/NZ/AU equivalent of the finger, which is the 'V'.
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