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    Cyburbian Emeritus Bear Up North's avatar
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    The Bird (Not The Kind That Flies)

    So, all those folks got all excited because some musical artist "flashed the bird" during the Super Duper Bowl's "Halftime Show". Big freakin' deal.
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    What's with all these references to birds in regular conversation? Examples.....

    "The Bird" - A single finger, not even pointed at the "recipient", is supposed to mean "fuck you". Why is one finger different from another?
    NOTE: To me, the Arizona Governor's pointing a finger at our President (up close) is much more disrespectful. Just my opinion.
    Jailbird - Obviously, somebody in jail (prison). Why the bird reference?
    Stool Pigeon - WTF?
    Canary - This one makes sense.....somebody who "sings" to the authorities.

    Am I missing any? Comment or this thread will (as birds do) chirp.

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    What about Mark 'The Bird' Fidrych of the Detroit Tigers ?
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    The song "Bird on the Wire"
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    Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here?
    Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?
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    Surfin' Bird (Bird is the Word), Trashmen, 1963

    Nelson Rockefeller, 1976 Presidential Campaign, Binghamton, NY

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    As a kid, I got in trouble several times for flipping people 'the bird'. Ah, the good ol' days...

    It's amazing how angry and offended people can get over one finger.
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    Quote Originally posted by illinoisplanner View post
    As a kid, I got in trouble several times for flipping people 'the bird'. Ah, the good ol' days...

    It's amazing how angry and offended people can get over one finger.
    It's the thought that counts.
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    And then there is this spelling - Byrd.
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    Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves?
    Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here?
    Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?
    From Kelly's Heroes (1970)


    Are you sure you're not hurt ?
    No. Just some parts wake up faster than others.
    Broke parts take a little longer, though.
    From Electric Horseman (1979)

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    One of the all-time greatest basketball players: Larry Bird, Boston Celtics.

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    Quote Originally posted by Richmond Jake View post
    One of the all-time greatest basketball players: Larry Bird, Boston Celtics.
    Although I just watched the doc on Magic and Bird, there is only one true Bird: [URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_Parker"]

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    Quote Originally posted by ofos View post
    Surfin' Bird (Bird is the Word), Trashmen, 1963

    Nelson Rockefeller, 1976 Presidential Campaign, Binghamton, NY

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    Family Guy has ruined Surfin' Bird for me...

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    Quote Originally posted by Richmond Jake View post
    One of the all-time greatest basketball players: Larry Bird, Boston Celtics.
    Funny I think of Mark Fydrich!
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    I “heard” (always a signal that what is about to come may have no merit or legitimate weight behind it whatsoever) that the idea of “the bird” comes from the English longbow, which is drawn with the middle finger and was a big advance in medieval Europe. In the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, the French pledged to cut off the middle finger of all captured English troops, preventing them from drawing the longbow. The longbow was also made from yew wood. However, the English lost the battle and as the French fled, the English evidently flashed their middle fingers and exclaimed that they could still “pluck yew.” In this story, the idea of “the bird” relates to the fletching on the arrows.

    Is it true? I have no idea. I looked at a few things once that also said the f-word has its origins in low German and refers generally to the “rubbing together” of things. I think you can get the associated meaning from that. Sounds a little more believable than the yew reference, but as for flashing the middle finger, the association with the longbow sounds plausible to me.

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    Who you gonna call?

    Quote Originally posted by wahday View post
    I “heard” (always a signal that what is about to come may have no merit or legitimate weight behind it whatsoever) that the idea of “the bird” comes from the English longbow, which is drawn with the middle finger and was a big advance in medieval Europe. In the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, the French pledged to cut off the middle finger of all captured English troops, preventing them from drawing the longbow. The longbow was also made from yew wood. However, the English lost the battle and as the French fled, the English evidently flashed their middle fingers and exclaimed that they could still “pluck yew.” In this story, the idea of “the bird” relates to the fletching on the arrows.

    Is it true? I have no idea. I looked at a few things once that also said the f-word has its origins in low German and refers generally to the “rubbing together” of things. I think you can get the associated meaning from that. Sounds a little more believable than the yew reference, but as for flashing the middle finger, the association with the longbow sounds plausible to me.

    Hey, I used to be a folklorist, so I love this stuff.
    Myth Busters!

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