History of The Middle Finger :

>> Sunday, September 7, 2008


Well, now......here' s something I never knew before, and now that I know it, I feel compelled to share this post with my 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.

9 comments:

sabika September 9, 2008 at 12:23 AM  

hiii rezy....good going...!!!
sabi

abelle September 9, 2008 at 5:51 PM  

Another great lesson from history. Haha!

Happy blogging! ;o)

abelle of Only in Silence

nahj12 September 11, 2008 at 9:21 PM  

hahaha.. nice.. i have this pic sent to me by a friend.. it was hilarious..

Mohd. Raza September 12, 2008 at 7:01 AM  

@hannah and abelle

thanks thanks!!
rezy!

Stepterix September 12, 2008 at 1:51 PM  

As much as I would like it to be true, this is another version of a story about a similar 'FU' gesture involving two fingers popular in Britain.

Unfortunately the archer explanation has no basis in historical fact and seems to have surfaced in the 1970s.

You can read all about the origins of the myth in this excellent post.

Sorry to spoil the fun.

stone_princess September 12, 2008 at 9:09 PM  

wow!! i didn't know this..tnx for sharing..nice blog!

Mohd. Raza September 13, 2008 at 5:35 AM  

@stepterix
Hey i wonder to know about this "two finger salute" and really appreciate you for revealing such buried stories.I wasn't aware of this fact of "v sign".Thanks for awaring me of it.

@stone_princess
Thanks for appreciating and adding me in ur list!!
Rezy!

jayanta September 14, 2008 at 11:28 AM  

history... and best are those men who dig them up...
quite interesting was ur post...
keep goin...

do visit mine...
njoy life...!
JD
www.jdodyssey.co.nr

Marilyn September 17, 2008 at 9:46 PM  

I kinda knew this one wasn't true... but it's still funnier than heck.

Chitika

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