Some sources say it dates back to the Middle English word “fucken,” which, among other things, meant to penetrate.  Others say it comes from a German word, “ficken,” that means the same thing.  There are also discussions about a Dutch word and even speculation about whether Shakespeare used a word that might have had something to do with it.  Along with this rumor there are also other creative suggestions that have no basis in history such as the F-word being an acronym for “Fornication Under Consent of the King” or “For the Use of Carnal Knowledge.”
Middle finger - Quantalog (1)
The History Of The Middle Finger is Before the Battle of Agincourtin 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”.
Middle finger - Quantalog (1)
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.
Middle finger - Quantalog (4)
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.”

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