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Old 06-07-2006, 05:57 PM   #1
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Another Scootertrash History lesson

The History Of The Middle Finger

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. elaine

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.
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Old 06-07-2006, 06:00 PM   #2
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some reason, i don't believe it lol

pluck yew? naaaa....
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Old 06-08-2006, 04:13 PM   #5
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The "one-fingered salute". "Flipping someone off" essentially means using the abstraction of a to insult someone.
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funny thing is he is right, my mother is a high school history teacher going for her master, and that is what they tell the history teachers to teach their students after learning about the english longbow....
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www.snopes.com disagrees:

http://www.snopes.com/language/apocryph/pluckyew.htm
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I dunno if you guyz do it here, but back home in India, we use, lets say a "whole arm salute" when majorly irritated, instead of just one finger salute. Straighten one arm, tighten the hand to make a fist, put other hand just below the bicep of that arm (just above the elbow), and then raise the whole front arm, from elbow to hand. It means the same thing, but it now means a MUCH bigger "up yours".

i tend to think itlets more frustration out then the finger salute:icon_bigg
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I dunno if you guyz do it here, but back home in India, we use, lets say a "whole arm salute" when majorly irritated, instead of just one finger salute. Straighten one arm, tighten the hand to make a fist, put other hand just below the bicep of that arm (just above the elbow), and then raise the whole front arm, from elbow to hand. It means the same thing, but it now means a MUCH bigger "up yours".

i tend to think itlets more frustration out then the finger salute:icon_bigg
That's funny - some guys here at work told me about that too.

In England they use two fingers pointing up (like a V)
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my post was supposed to be a joke
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