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    HISTORY-Just so you will know

    The history of the middle finger.....
    Well, now......here'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?
    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!

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    It's actually a 2 fingered salute. The 1 fingered salute is yet another watered-down Yank thing.


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    Quote Originally Posted by blackgang View Post
    IT IS STILL AN APPROPRIATE SALUTE TO THE FRENCH TODAY!

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    Yep I always thought the single finger job was a seppo invention ... oh well you learn something everyday

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    Thought it meant:

    Smell your wife on here, you frog...

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    I though this tard tale had been put to rest a long time ago

    obviously it is still being forwarded by some

    snopes.com: Pluck Yew

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog View Post
    It's actually a 2 fingered salute. The 1 fingered salute is yet another watered-down Yank thing.

    That's what I heard, too. English archers at Agincourt. But this has also been disputed. I did archery at summer camp -- you need two fingers to pull.

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    OK,

    So the British f*cked up again. My British mates tell me that during the Crimean war they cut off two fingers: the index and the middle, so they raise the "v" to say F-you.

    But the middle finger, is French.

    Brit f*cktards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jet Gorgon
    you need two fingers to pull.
    you might jetty, but i require a few more than that

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wayne Kerr View Post
    Yep I always thought the single finger job was a seppo invention ... oh well you learn something everyday
    Indeed. I believe the two finger salute is older and more recognized worldwide.

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    The single finger and and the bent fingers either side are meant to represent a dick and balls.
    Just a quick way of symbolically flashing your willy.

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    It is indeed related to the French and Agincourt, longbow man etc.

    Whether its one or two fingers I'm confused now
    Last edited by Mr Pot; 21-03-2009 at 01:46 PM.

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    Why not flash three {fingers} and ask them to read between the lines?

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    The Frogs are too thick to get that one.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rural Surin
    Why not flash three {fingers} and ask them to read between the lines?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Milkman View Post
    OK,

    So the British f*cked up again. My British mates tell me that during the Crimean war they cut off two fingers: the index and the middle, so they raise the "v" to say F-you.

    But the middle finger, is French.

    Brit f*cktards.
    But, but Marmite says it's a watered-down Yank thing?

    Can't yŠll make up yer minds?

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