(nil): Akis Karnouskos (akis(@)ceid.upatras.gr)
Ημερομηνία: Τετ 13 Μαΐ 1998 - 12:41:08 EEST
Next time you are mad with someone and you stick up your middle finger
while shouting FUCK YOU ! ... its better to know how this thing all
started ! Its a crazy story ... but its true!
In the Battle of Agincourt, the French, who were overwhelmingly
favored to win the battle, threatened to cut off a certain body
part of the all captured English soldiers so that they could
never fight again !
The English won in the battle in a major upset and waved the
body part in question at the French in defiance.
Question: What was this body part?
Answer: The body part which the French proposed to cut off
of the English after defeating them was, of course,
the middle finger. Without the middle finger it is
impossible to draw the renowned English longbow.
This famous weapon was made of the native English
Yew tree and so the act of drawing the longbow was
known as "plucking yew". Thus, when the victorious
English waved their middle fingers at the defeated
French, they said, "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, 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.
So PLUCK YEW became FUCK YEW (= FUCK YOU!)
It is also because of the pheasant feathers on the arrows
that the symbolic gesture is known as "giving the bird".
And yew thought yew knew everything!!
akis ... enhancing your knowledge :-P)
-- Akis Karnouskos - Computer & Informatics Engineer email: akis(@)ceid.upatras.gr , https://anekdota.duckdns.org/ " A mind stretched by a new idea can Never go back to its original dimensions " ______________________________________________________________________ Joke of the Day ... Ελληνική Λίστα Ανεκδότων Πληροφορίες --> https://anekdota.duckdns.org/jokes_list.html ______________________________________________________________________