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your history lesson for the day

Giving the Finger - 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 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 in 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 you is rather difficult to say, the difficult constonant 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! 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'.n:

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thats awesome lol I have always wondered about that.
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thanks for the history lesson. that was quite interesting. didnt think the french ever actually fought, I thought they always ran from battle.

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thanks for the history lesson. that was quite interesting. didnt think the french ever actually fought, I thought they always ran from battle.




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Where did you get your information?? you're not pulling the wool over our eyes are you?? That is pretty interesting!!

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It might be of interesting historical note to some that the use of the expression "hookers" as a designation for prostitutes originated during the American Civil War. "A the time, General Joseph Hooker maintained an entourage of "soiled doves" who accompanied him on his campaigns. If anyone visiting his encampment happened to ask one of the soldiers who these "ladies" were, they were simply informed, "They're Hooker's," and the phrase took root.
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OMG if skool was this good id a prolly went most of the tyme, prolly gonna have to roll a joint now to get detarded after all this stuff, good call on the hookers tho Pucky wondered about that for years LOL

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