9/16/2008

History of The Middle Finger

Don't surprised if you see at this picture, I'm not mean anything, I just receive an email about the History of the middle finger and I want to share to every body, that this symbolic has been long time ago.
Let's we see read together.
Well, now... here's something i never knew before, and now that I know it, I feel compelled to send it to my more intelligent friends in the hope that they too will feel edified. Isn't history more fun when we know something about it?
Before the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, the French, anticipating victory over the English, proposed to cut of 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 he yew" ( or "pluck yew").
Much to bewilderment of the French, the English won a major upset and began mocking the French by waving their middle finger 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 changes to a labiodentals fricative F', and thus the word often used in conjunction with the one finger salute! Its also because of the pheasant feathers on the arrows use 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.

4 komentar:

Keong mengatakan...

hah hah

Jojo mengatakan...

we like to add the word "nah" when pointing hahahaha

Debt Girl mengatakan...

nah huh?

Zack mengatakan...

quite hilarious and educative story.... :) Keep up the good post friend...

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