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02-09-2006, 08:31 PM
Before the Battle of Agincourt in 1415,the French pledged to chop of the middle finger of the English long bowmen,making them useless for future battles. The bow was made of native English yew trees,and the act of drawing the longbow was known as "plucking the yew"[or "pluck yew"]
The English won the Battle,and began waving their middle finger at the French,shouting See we can still pluck the yew"pluck yew"
The difficult consonant cluster has gradually changed to a labiodental fractive"F,"and thus the words used with the one fingered-salute.It is also because of the feathers used on the arrows,we have the expression "giving the bird" And to think History has been called boring.

Gayle in MD
02-10-2006, 04:48 AM
How interesting. When I read your title, I thought about the sign I saw in New York on my trip last spring for a fast food chicken place, named, Pluck You! I thought that was a riot.

NY seems famous for funny business names. I remember the first time we went to NY when I was about four, how funny some of the signs were. Smelley's Fresh Eggs, and Tony's Atomic Meet Balls, just two the I recall. /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif

Gayle in Md.

02-10-2006, 05:05 AM

Q /ccboard/images/graemlins/laugh.gif

02-10-2006, 11:12 AM
How about these slogans, taken from yellow-pages ads for male-escort services:

"Satisfaction guaranteed"

"With us, the customer always comes first"

and my favorite.....

"We stand behind everything we sell"


02-13-2006, 06:07 AM
Now why on earth are you reading male-escort ads? /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif