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Hey Guys This Thread Is One With A Difference.... At Least I Have Thought Of It As A Being Different From Others... We At Pg Have All Sorts Of Threads Catering To Different Sections Of Verbal Aptitude Pertaining To Different Management Exams....
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while browsing the web found this article... considering the ubiqutuous existence of this phrase and the symbol... I think this article sud be a part of this thread....and hence here....
due care has been taken...
This is not meant to be crude. It is strictly for your edification and enjoyment.
Before the Battle of Agincourt in 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 be incapable of fighting in the future.
This famous weapon was made of the native English Yew tree, and the act of drawing the longbow was known as "plucking the yew." 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! PLUCK YEW!"
Over the years, some 'folk etymologies' have grown up around this symbolic gesture. Since 'pluck yew' is rather difficult to say (like "pleasant mother pheasant plucker", which is who you had to go to for the feathers used on the arrows for the longbow), the difficult consonant cluster at the beginning has gradually changed to a labiodental fricative 'F', and thus the words often used in conjunction with the one-finger-salute are mistakenly thought to have something to do with an intimate encounter.
It is also because of the pheasant feathers on the arrows that the symbolic gesture is known as "giving the bird."
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NOW HERES SOMETHING FOR FUN...,.

GIVE ONE 15 LETTERED WORD WHICH DOES NOT HAVE A SINGLE ALPHABET REPEATED
(it also contains all the vowels of english alphabet...)

ALSO TRY FOR A SIMILAR 14 LETTER WORD...

ANSWERS TOMMOROW

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My take :
1) hazardous
2)horrendous
3)stupendous
4)tremendous

yes man u r SPOT ON....

sorry wasnt feeling good so used to come to PG for very short period and hence cant contribute ... will be back formally after my feb 4th exam...
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HERES SOME THING TO THINK ABOUT...

How many words end with 'dous'?



well its just a dozen...

but if we leave out the rare words:-
> NEFANDOUS :- unmentionable
> STEGANOPODOUS :- webbed toe

there are only four in common use....GUESS IT..

The climb up EVEREST was h _ _ _ _ dous.
The weather, though, was h _ _ _ _ _ dous.
The views were simply s _ _ _ _ _ dous.
And the thrill of it all was t _ _ _ _ _ dous.


My take :
1) hazardous
2)horrendous
3)stupendous
4)tremendous
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HERES SOME THING TO THINK ABOUT...

How many words end with 'dous'?



well its just a dozen...

but if we leave out the rare words:-
> NEFANDOUS :- unmentionable
> STEGANOPODOUS :- webbed toe

there are only four in common use....GUESS IT..

The climb up EVEREST was h _ _ _ _ dous.
The weather, though, was h _ _ _ _ _ dous.
The views were simply s _ _ _ _ _ dous.
And the thrill of it all was t _ _ _ _ _ dous.

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Sheshadri bhai i suppose TRUSH has replied to u well...

but this is not the thread to ask these questions.... man here u r expected to pool in some things which is peculiar to english and its development worth sharing....

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idiom is generally a metaphor whereas a phrase is taken in its literal sense...!!

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Reg "Kick The Bucket"

I heard that in England the life sentence would be done by making the criminal
stand on the bucket with neck tied to a rope and the bucket would be
kicked so that he hangs safely .some shd authenticate this..

i wanna know what's the diff b/w idiom and phrase..

ATB

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Well the close cousins of JANUS WORDS are those words which appear to be opposites but have same meanings....

INFLAMMABLE & FLAMMABLE

BEND & UNBEND

PASSIVE & IMPASSIVE

And phrases lik:-
GETTING UP & GETTING DOWN from a dinner table

SLOWING UP & SLOWING DOWN in a car...

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WELL U KNOW WORDS TOO HAVE GENDERS AND SOME ARE HERMAPHODITES TOO....

hahhahahha

Well hope u all might have heard of JANUS words.... Also known as VERBAL HERMAPHODITES..... These are single words with opposite meanings........


example:-
The farmer went ahead with DUSTING of his tomato plants for milddue.
The pianist spent his whole day DUSTING his piano.

here DUSTING in the first sentence means "to put dust on"
while in the second one it denotes "cleaning"....

similarly there are various words which have different meanings for same syntax....
eg:- SANCTION
FAST
HANDICAP
CLEAVE
DRAW (Lik when u draw curtains u open it or close it)

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