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History of Middle Finger


Pissed off since birth
Well,'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?

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Giving the finger 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
weapon 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! "PLUCK YEW!" Since 'pluck
yew' is rather difficult to say, the difficult consonant cluster at the
beginning has gradually hanged to a labiodental 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."


standard people-hater
I heard of something like this on the history channel, but what is today known as fuck you is indeed a term as one of today might think. The word fuck is an anagram(?) that used to get stamped next to pedofiles'/sex offenders' names in prison meaning For Unlawful Carnal Knoweldge, which means the in mate is there because he is a sex offender, which is what fuck means taught to me via my anatomy/physiology professor.