Monday, December 24, 2007

878- THE FINGER

WHAT YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT THE BIRD
History of the Middle finger salute:
Well, now......here's something I never knew before, and now that I know it, I feel compelled to relate it to my more intelligent friends in the hope that they, too, will feel edified. Isn't history fun?
Giving the 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 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! "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 everything!
Got any questions?
.....GED.....

2 comments:

jonas said...

not to be a stick in the mud... but check this out... http://www.snopes.com/language/apocryph/pluckyew.asp

jonas said...

http://www.snopes.com/language/apocryph/pluckyew.asp

sorry the whole link didn't show...