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Not sure if this is true but it sounds good.... >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. Isn't history more fun when you >know something about it? > >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." > >IT IS STILL AN APPROPRIATE SALUTE >TO THE FRENCH TODAY!
 

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Not sure if this is true but it sounds good.... >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. Isn't history more fun when you >know something about it? > >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." > >IT IS STILL AN APPROPRIATE SALUTE >TO THE FRENCH TODAY!
Hmmm! I think that's a pretty amusing version of the real story behind the English two-fingered salute that continues to this day. Whenever the devastatingly accurate English bowmen were captured by the French, their middle and index fingers on their drawing hand were cut off, so they were unable to use a bow. As a result, the English bowmen would raise their two drawing fingers at the French enemy as an insult before unleashing their arrows on them. The word 'fuck' goes back to Anglo-Saxon times ...
 

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Hmmm! I think that's a pretty amusing version of the real story behind the English two-fingered salute that continues to this day. Whenever the devastatingly accurate English bowmen were captured by the French, their middle and index fingers on their drawing hand were cut off, so they were unable to use a bow. As a result, the English bowmen would raise their two drawing fingers at the French enemy as an insult before unleashing their arrows on them. The word 'fuck' goes back to Anglo-Saxon times ...
Tis true.
 
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