Pluck Yew before Fuck You.

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Pluck Yew before Fuck You.

Postby Sting » 19 Jan 05, 6:53 pm

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 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 something to do with an intimate encounter.
It is also because of the pheasant feathers on the arrows used w/the longbow that the symbolic gesture is known as "giving the bird".


And yew thought yew knew everything.
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Postby #%*# » 19 Jan 05, 6:56 pm

:lmao: funny, very funny ... but I'm still not buying it
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Postby Khaizerex » 19 Jan 05, 7:29 pm

So which one is correct?

I agree it's funny.

Or are both incorrect?
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Postby Sting » 20 Jan 05, 11:55 am

Well I think it's all correct. However I wasn't around in 1415 :scratch:
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Postby Drew » 20 Jan 05, 12:14 pm

So the English have been flipping off the French for 600 years :lol:
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Postby Khaizerex » 20 Jan 05, 5:09 pm

And generally people say to "please excuse their French."

This is actually not a bad phrase, since French people've got to be among the worst speaking people when it comes to swearing.

Listen in to one French conversation, if you can understand it, bad words come up over again and again.

Lewis Black once said something along the lines of: I came from New York City, there, 'fuck' is not even a word, it's a comma.

Well, the French use those words like commas, in reality.
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Postby Guinness » 20 Jan 05, 5:35 pm

Khaizerex wrote:And generally people say to "please excuse their French."


we say exscuse my french because the french word for seal is phoque but is pernounced fuck

FUCK is also an acronym Fornicate Under Command of King after the black plauge to repopulate Great Britan
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Postby little-bit » 20 Jan 05, 5:46 pm

but they're so sexy :love:
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Postby Khaizerex » 20 Jan 05, 6:11 pm

Nod, I knew about the French pronunciation of "Phoque" and knew what it meant.

But French people definitely swear a ton during their speech.
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Postby Radioactive » 21 Jan 05, 2:54 pm

Cool post :cool:
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Re: Pluck Yew before Fuck You.

Postby Quercus » 03 Feb 05, 9:50 am

Sting wrote: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 be incapable of fighting in the future.
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.


I saw a blurb on the History Channel about this the other day, and at least this much of the story (quoted above) is true. They didn't mention the other proposed facts.
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Postby Drew » 03 Feb 05, 1:09 pm

amazing how things are passed down and origins are forgotten
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Postby Khaizerex » 03 Feb 05, 4:48 pm

Yes Drew, that tends to happen.

We take knowledge, we forget about those that provided us with the knowledge; we modify that same knowledge, and we present it to others so that it seems like our own discovery. This isn't true in all cases, of course, but those are simply the exceptions... I mean when we find cases of plagiarism, that seems to be exactly the case...

Thus origins are forgotten... and credit is stolen... then some years down the line, even those thieves have their names erased... and people's lives go on...
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Postby Drew » 04 Feb 05, 5:11 pm

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Postby Sting » 20 Feb 05, 10:54 pm

Nice fucking post Drew! :wtf:
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Postby JimmyFo » 26 May 05, 10:56 am

I heard that it stood for a crime in England at the time - people could be punished "For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge." Hence, the secsual connotation.
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Postby THE_SiXth » 26 May 05, 2:15 pm

Well......Pluck you learn something new everyday eh :lol:
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Postby Lonestar » 13 Jun 05, 12:14 am

Well, I'll be a motherplucker! :eek: :mrgreen:
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Postby Drew » 13 Jun 05, 12:29 am

Guess that beats plucking your own string
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Postby jordz1 » 07 Aug 05, 1:12 pm

its true.
my grandad told me wen i was little
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