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> > Before the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, the French, anticipating

> > victory over the English, had 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. English soldiers, therefore, 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 are mistakenly thought to have some thing

> > to do with an intimate encounter.

> >

> > 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 .......... :) Al.

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Without the middle finger it would be impossible to draw the renowned English longbow.

and impossible to please ye olde faire maiden whence thou has contracted genital warts, and are unable to perform intercourse.

 

yeah, I knew all that, Alan.

:roll: .......class Mr Wax,class!! :D Al.

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