The history of the middle finger

The history of the middle finger

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!
And yew thought yew knew every plucking thing

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4 years 49 weeks ago, 2:04 PM

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LOL SamD

Very funny. Thanks.

4 years 49 weeks ago, 2:10 PM

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around her and thats my great-grandmom....lucky strike in the other hand and a glass of wild turkey..

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Lived her whole life in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Lived into her 90's, smoked unfiltered Camels 2 packs aday til 85 and her Dr told her to quit. So she cut down to 1 pack a day until she died. Hardening of an artery, which could be repaired now. She drank Lusiane Coffee with Chicory in it black! Kept an old slingshot by her kitchen window. I asked, "Grandma whats that for and she said thats my N***** shooter" Well she was born during the Civil War!

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Ha ha. Very funny

and complete bull shit.

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

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke
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Geez, this ain't the Gospel we are preaching. Just trying to lighten up the day!
Ok you are right and I am wrong. Would you like me to delete this?
Just asking, don't want to ruffle anymore of your feathers.
I guess you figured out that the Costco story is a joke also. Should I put a disclaimer on all my postings, stating this is a joke?

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