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    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
    The only easy day was yesterday
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    doing what he loved being a Navy SEAL

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    Minor Correction! Not only for the French! It would be a good salute for a lot of lib-o-rats too!!!

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    I give it to the Spaniards as often as I can.

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    I reserve the one finger salute for the driver turning left across my line of travel through an intersection, when I have the right of way and green light, trying to squeeze through before I have to slam on my brakes to keep from t boning them in the middle of an intersection.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gejoslin View Post
    I reserve the one finger salute for the driver turning left across my line of travel through an intersection, when I have the right of way and green light, trying to squeeze through before I have to slam on my brakes to keep from t boning them in the middle of an intersection.
    I have a big truck and nobody does that to me lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by tricolordad View Post
    I have a big truck and nobody does that to me lol
    Compensating for........

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    Quote Originally Posted by dad45acp View Post
    Compensating for........

    Sent from my NSA screened Smartphone
    The lack of leg room in other models.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dad45acp View Post
    Compensating for........

    Sent from my NSA screened Smartphone
    Quote Originally Posted by tricolordad View Post
    The lack of leg room in other models.

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    Hahaha... dad45acp made a ***** reference joke.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gunnerbob View Post
    Hahaha... dad45acp made a ***** reference joke.
    Wonder what he's compensating for...

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