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Discussion in 'The Pump House Saloon' started by warpig, Mar 18, 2003.

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    Zigzag2
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    (3/9/03 6:55:26 pm)
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    FYI
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    > Subject: History of Giving The Finger
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    > 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 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!"
    >
    > Over the years some 'folk etymologies' have grown up around this symbolic
    > gesture. Since 'pluck yew' is rather difficult to say (like "pleasant
    > mother pheasant plucker," which is who you had to go to for the feathers
    > used on the arrows for the longbow),
    > 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 are mistakenly thought to have something to do
    > with an intimate encounter.
    >
    > It is also because of the pheasant feathers on the arrows that the
    > symbolic
    > gesture is known as "giving the bird."
    >
    > And yew all thought yew knew everything!


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    IShootBack
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    (3/10/03 7:42:32 am)
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    sounds like i didn't know everything after all
    Great post.
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    cointoss 2
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    (3/10/03 9:49:39 am)
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    That is a good one Zigzag, and we all ought to continue the tradition of waving the middle finger at the French still.
    cointoss2

    SouthernMoss
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    (3/10/03 11:54:53 am)
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    ...another urban legend
    www.snopes.com/language/apocryph/pluckyew.htm

    Smokin Guns
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    (3/10/03 5:48:04 pm)
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    That's an excellent "Urban Legend" though...

    SouthernMoss
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    (3/10/03 7:04:24 pm)
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    yep. a lot more entertaining than the "real" origins...