The origins of flipping someone the bird and the F-word.

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  1. Hakudoushi

    Hakudoushi Well-Known Member

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    Does anyone know where the practice of giving someone the finger?


    Well, I do.

    In the 100 Years War, French troops hated the British Long bow (the machine gun of its time) that was made from the Yew tree; which is pluct with the middle finger. The French hated and feared it so much that whenever the French captured any British soldier, they would cut off their middle finger to incapacitate their 'Plucking' abilities.

    In the battle of Agincourt the French had the British forces surounded. And then the French began counting their chicken before they hatched. They celebrated an early victory. Mean while Henry V rallies the british forces together and defeat the French.


    What's this to do with flipping someone off? Well after their victory, in a show of cockiness, the british proudly desplayed their still attached middle fingers to the french prisoners and then said something (I think it was something like "Plucking the Yew") which then became known as flipping someone the bird and saying "F%&* you!"


    I saw this on a show just now on HBO called "Assume the position with Robert Wuhl."

    It was so funny I had to post it. :D 


    He also told the story of the first african american graduate of Harvard Dental school also invented the golf tee as well as the story of America's first transvestite govonor.
     
  2. Vector Sigma

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    I'm fairly certain the first part of that is correct, but i've heard other origns of the ole f word...
     
  3. Sonscreen

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    Is that the one where you needed the king's consent to fornicate?
     
  4. Vector Sigma

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    Thats one of them...
     
  5. Optimus

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    Oh, those wacky French!
     
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    cool stuff!
     
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    Good stoof!
     
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    Funny stuff.
     
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    KA PENIS GOES WHERE?!!

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    i always wanted to have some historical reference when i flip the bird.

    now, i can flip the bird with pride, a sense of heritage.

    *flips the bird at the boards*
     
  13. flamepanther

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    Funny story, but totally bunk. "Fuck" has Germanic origins, and "flipping the bird" is, I believe, an anatomical reference of an entirely different sort.
     
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    If it was indeed from British origin, then how come they do the index and middle finger, while Americans just do the middle finger?
     
  15. Dark_Convoy

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    That's what I heard too, that it came from the word "ficken" that originally meant "to strike, move quickly, penetrate".
     
  16. Dark_Convoy

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    That's what I heard too, that it came from the word "ficken" that originally meant "to strike, move quickly, penetrate".

    [EDIT] -WHAT THE???? This did not show up as a double post earlier, tho the board did hang for alonst two minutes when I posted it...
     
  17. misterd

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    Assume the Position was a very entertaining show, even though I feel Mr. Wuhl has a good amount of time booked in purgatory for Arli$$.

    I would highly recommend anyone with HBO give it a chance.

    However, its important to remember his final words of the "fuck you" story - "Is it true? It doesn't matter!"
     
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    All I have to say is SUCK MY BACK!!!!
     
  19. Altercron

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    Interesting....
     

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