Re: Another old tail
The History of 'The Finger'
Before the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, the
over the English, and proposed to cut off the
middle finger of all
Without the middle finger it would be
impossible to draw the renowned
English longbow. English soldiers, therefore,
would be incapable of
in the future.
This famous weapon was made of the native
English Yew tree, and the
drawing the longbow was known as 'plucking
the yew' (or 'pluck yew').
to the bewilderment of the French, the
English won a major upset and
mocking the French by waving their middle
fingers at the defeated
saying, 'See, we can still pluck yew! 'PLUCK
YEW!' Since 'pluck yew'
rather difficult to say, the difficult
consonant cluster at the
has gradually changed to a labiodental
fricative 'F', and thus the
often used in conjunction with the
one-finger-s! alute are mistakenly
thought to have something to do with an
It is also because of the pheasant feathers
on the arrows used with
longbow that the symbolic gesture is known as
'giving the bird'.. And
thought yew knew everything