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Last Post 21 May 2009 06:48 PM by btr568. 5 Replies.
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Chris
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24 Jul 2008 03:29 PM  

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 defea ted 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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28 Aug 2008 06:02 PM  
lol were did you read this at?
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03 Sep 2008 09:27 PM  
a military humor site. lol. there are a lot of them on the internet nowadays
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31 Oct 2008 02:08 PM  
good one!
go Dale Jr. #88
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04 Mar 2009 07:51 PM  
very very funny and smart
go dale jr. #88
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21 May 2009 06:48 PM  
also very true
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