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I have a horrible habit that I cannot seem to break. I cuss worse than a sailor. As a matter of fact, sailors run the other way when they hear me coming. Shit, crap, piss, bitch, prick, cock-sucker, muther-fucker, asshole, fuck, dick,...

When I ran across this article, it was too good not to share with everyone, that is unless Jennifer hasn't already done it.

The Historical Origin Of The Middle Finger

by Rich Dunn

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 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." 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!"

Over the years, some 'folk etymologies' have grown up around this symbolic gesture. Since 'pluck yew' is rather difficult to say (like "pleasant mother pheasant plucker", which is who you had to go to for the feathers used on the arrows for the longbow), the difficult consonant cluster at the beginning has gradually changed to a labiodental fricative 'F', and thus the words often used in conjunction with the one-finger-salute are mistakenly thought to have something to do with an intimate encounter.

It is also because of the pheasant feathers on the arrows that the symbolic gesture is known as "giving the bird."

Now you know!

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What a relief.

I know now the origins of my favorite expression in the English language.

Well, besides "I blame society", that is.

Posted by: Helen on October 29, 2003 03:36 AM

Sorry to pull your finger, but a visit to snopes.com will show that this is, in fact, an urban legend. Cute, semi-plausible, but demonstrably false.

Posted by: Hatcher on November 2, 2003 02:18 PM

Legend or not, the British two-fingered version of the cherished gesture makes more sense.. these are the TWO fingers needed to hold a bowstring.

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