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\"pluck yew\"

Don't know if you guys have seen this already. I just ran acrossed it and thought it funny.

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 changed 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."

And yew thought yew knew everything.
 

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Re: \"pluck yew\"

Didn't you hear that classy "meaning of the word fvck" mp3?
 

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Micah said:
Don't know if you guys have seen this already. I just ran acrossed it and thought it funny.

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 changed 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."

And yew thought yew knew everything.

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Don't know about that one, but English longbowmen were supposedly the origin of our much beloved 1 (or two) finger salute....


The story is that English longbowmen were so reviled by the French that when they caught one, the Frogs would cut off the index and middle fingers of the right hand. This VERY effectively ended the ability of the bowman to pull the string, since the pull on the old War bows is up to, and sometimes exceeding 100 lbs.


So as a gesture of defiance, those who were capable of fighting would show their enemies that those fingers were indeed intact. :blush:

Or so the story goes...

Scott :smile:
 
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