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Victory

grampy
Posted on: 3 November 2005, 3:38pm

Picture the classic two fingers up gesture...with the thumb facing forward. As I understand it, the thumb behind the hand would indicate something else entirely on that side of the pond.

The Headmaster
Posted on: 3 November 2005, 4:00pm

Yes, it dates back to the time of Agincourt. The French were very wary of the English archers: back then the only sport permitted in England was archery and the English longbow men thereby developed impressive range and accuracy. The French heavy cavalry, the creme of their nobility, found their armour had become next to useless. So, when they captured an Englishman they would lop off the first and second fingers of his right hand, preventing him from drawing a bowstring. Then they let him go again. The English reaction was to taunt the French troops by waving their two fingers in the air, indicating "we've still got 'em and you're toast". Which they soon were. French toast.

Churchill adapted this in WWII, reversing his hand so that on one level he was saying "V for Victory" but at another he was providing the population with a 'two fingered salute' to the foe beyond.


Viking

The Headmaster
Posted on: 17 October 2005, 10:06am

Like pirates, they have a reputation for rape, murder and pillage that might taint them in the eyes of today's educationalists. And neat, though possibly historically inaccurate, horns on their helmets.

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