Oldy but Goody "pluck yew"

#1
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!

And yew thought yew knew every plucking thing!
 
#5
northern_warrior said:
I was always under the impression that it was the index and middle finger. Resulting in our most famous greeting
:D :D :D :D
You're right, northern warrior! Trip_Wire's explanation is a boad of lollocks!

Quite apart from the fact that English longbows were originally Welsh longbows and the preferred wood came from other countries, since English wood was considered too coarse-grained for the job.

Oh, these Septics, they'll believe anything!
Hey, Trippy, can I interest you in a bridge? :D :D :D

MsG
 
#6
Bugsy7 said:
northern_warrior said:
I was always under the impression that it was the index and middle finger. Resulting in our most famous greeting
:D :D :D :D
You're right, northern warrior! Trip_Wire's explanation is a boad of lollocks!

Quite apart from the fact that English longbows were originally Welsh longbows and the preferred wood came from other countries, since English wood was considered too coarse-grained for the job.

Oh, these Septics, they'll believe anything!
Hey, Trippy, can I interest you in a bridge? :D :D :D

MsG

Quite right, try drawing an arrow back with just your index finger! Also pluck me that plucking yew stuff has to be plucking bollox doesn't it? Me thinks someone's been plucking with him.
 
#7
Of course, there's also the fact that a bow (longbow, recurve or compound) is drawn with three fingers (unless you're using a release), with the arrow between the index and middle finger. This is even more important with a longbow, since it has no arrow rest on the bow and also no nocking ring on the string. [geek mode off]

I'll get my anorak!

MsG
 
#8
Bugsy7 said:
northern_warrior said:
I was always under the impression that it was the index and middle finger. Resulting in our most famous greeting
:D :D :D :D
You're right, northern warrior! Trip_Wire's explanation is a boad of lollocks!

Quite apart from the fact that English longbows were originally Welsh longbows and the preferred wood came from other countries, since English wood was considered too coarse-grained for the job.

Oh, these Septics, they'll believe anything!
Hey, Trippy, can I interest you in a bridge? :D :D :D

MsG
Note: It wasn't "MY" Explantion! I just passed it along, as I thought it was sort of funny, especially the line about the French.

But alas, it would seem that instead of enjoying the humor, one of you thinks I'm trying to teach him his cultures history and more seem to be more interested in how many fingers, etc.

Well, so much for British humor! :roll:

BTW: Is "Septic" a discription of the stuff, that comes out of your mouth? :p
 
#9
During A level Class Civ, I got taught that the "middle finger salute", in fact goes back to roman times, where young and unruly slaves would be restrained and anally penetrated (more for humiliation than anything else), usually by a finger.

If they misbehaved, their master might flip them the finger as short form for "Wind your neck in Lerchio, or this goes up your poop chute. Dry."

Never got a chance to use it in the exam though.

Trip_Wire said:
BTW: Is "Septic" a discription of the stuff, that comes out of your mouth? :p
Miaow.
 
#10
gingwarr said:
During A level Class Civ, I got taught that the "middle finger salute", in fact goes back to roman times, where young and unruly slaves would be restrained and anally penetrated (more for humiliation than anything else), usually by a finger.

If they misbehaved, their master might flip them the finger as short form for "Wind your neck in Lerchio, or this goes up your poop chute. Dry."

Never got a chance to use it in the exam though.

Trip_Wire said:
BTW: Is "Septic" a discription of the stuff, that comes out of your mouth? :p
Miaow.

"Wind your neck in Lerchio, or this goes up your poop chute. Dry."[/qoute] - One of the funniest things I've read on here, arrows!

''Well, so much for British humor!''[/qoute] - See above.
 
#12
Okay, here's one for ya !

The Fu.ck, where did it come from....?

In days of old when Knights & Sires could bed any single women within their domain, they still had to get permission to fornicste from their King (remember when this started our isle had several kingdoms and a king in each 'dom!).

So a sign was put up on the door of the chamber so that the padres would not disturb & grass them up (all land & monies fined from wrong-doers went to the church! --the padres were at it too then, and the priests were married!), anyway the sign said:

Fornication Under Consent of the King


Or to abbreviate........F.U.C.K.
 
#14
gingwarr said:
During A level Class Civ, I got taught that the "middle finger salute", in fact goes back to roman times, where young and unruly slaves would be restrained and anally penetrated (more for humiliation than anything else), usually by a finger.

If they misbehaved, their master might flip them the finger as short form for "Wind your neck in Lerchio, or this goes up your poop chute. Dry."

Never got a chance to use it in the exam though.
Fantastic! Remind me to use that more in conversation! That should be on the first page of Ecce Romani not disseminated during A Level! That's right up there with "Turdus Farticus" which for the benefit of those of you who went to Eton, is a stuffed thrush, a roman delicacy.

BTW, this is probably one big WAH! but a properly fletched ash shaft is done with goose pin feathers. The explanation of "giving the bird" might still hold given this, but I doubt it, sorry. :lol:
 
#16
Why do septics come on here?
They know they're going to get abuse surely?
I mean, I expect it and take it as intended in the traditional squaddie manner of taking the p1ss. Septics just get upset.

Oh and could the bird thing be something to do with the fact that they cant do a two fingered salute? Their version with middle finger raised and index and 4th fingers bent may look like a swan or goose head on from the targets POV?
 

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