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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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Originally posted by hunterwingler hunterwingler wrote:



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. 
I stopped reading here, figured I was excluded.....
 
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nice story, but not true.  Not the source of the gesture or phrase!
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Originally posted by Ick Ick wrote:

nice story, but not true.  Not the source of the gesture or phrase!
ok so what is ol wise one? 
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Originally posted by hunterwingler hunterwingler wrote:

Originally posted by Ick Ick wrote:

nice story, but not true.  Not the source of the gesture or phrase!
ok so what is ol wise one? 


Admittedly the response is about as useless as the snopes for dopes denial of this myth.
There is evidence that the salute goes all the way back to Greco-Roman civilization, though. Digitus impudicus (impudent finger) apperars in many ancient writings.
The F word has a large and varied history also. Many historians believe it is derived from some Germanic and northern words that mean penetrate, copulate and having sex.

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And to think all this time I thought that the "F" word was an acronym from "fornication under consent of kings."
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Originally posted by cyborg cyborg wrote:

And to think all this time I thought that the "F" word was an acronym from "fornication under consent of kings."
 
cyborg, that is in fact what it means relevant to YOU.  Now, your papers please.....
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Originally posted by Ick Ick wrote:

Originally posted by cyborg cyborg wrote:

And to think all this time I thought that the "F" word was an acronym from "fornication under consent of kings."
 
cyborg, that is in fact what it means relevant to YOU.  Now, your papers please.....
I used them to finish a job earlier today. What do you need them for?
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..to prove you have the consent of the king before you "complete another job"!

Edited by Ick - May/17/2010 at 09:08
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Originally posted by Ick Ick wrote:

..to prove you have the consent of the king before you "complete another job"!
Roll on Floor Laughing Being of Scottish highlander, (and some other ethnicities) but 100% American, the king can kiss my behind.
 
(Unless we are talking about Jesus, or Elvis)
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Wait, I thought Michael Jackson was the king!
 
 
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Are you kidding me, he isn't even a "Prince" Roll on Floor Laughing
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you thoughted wrong
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the king is dead by the way.  Something about sleeping pills and his nose...
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Originally posted by Ick Ick wrote:

the king is dead by the way.  Something about sleeping pills and his nose...
  I  thought it was something to do with a jelly dough nut, could be wrong
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That was the OTHER king, the king of Rock and Roll.
 
Well that is, assuming you havn't had a friend claim he saw Elvis last week at Wal-Mart.


Edited by Ick - May/17/2010 at 13:24
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Elvis in wal mart in idaho thats something to seen lol
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Well we all know Elvis is not dead...... he just went home!
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No No No No he's not dead nor has he went home he works for THE CIA ssshhh guys come one your going to blow it for him.
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