4 thoughts on “Is a thumb a finger? Things I wonder about…”

  1. Richard:
    When I took German in high school I use to make up VW jokes for the German teacher. The first year this worked great… my second year the teacher did not think it was funny… (I thought it helped to learn). Did not do well the second year.

  2. G, I found myself Wiki-ing out of curiosity:

    “The English word “finger” has two senses, even in the context of appendages of a single typical human hand:
    Any of the five digits.
    Any of the five terminal members of the hand, especially those other than the thumb.”
    “The thumb contrasts with each of the other four by being the only digit that:
    Is opposable to the other four fingers
    Has two phalanges rather than three
    Has greater breadth in the distal phalanx than in the proximal phalanx
    Is attached to such a mobile metacarpus (which produces most of the opposability)
    and hence the etymology of the word: “tum” is Proto-Indo-European for “swelling” (cf “tumour” and “thigh”) since the thumb is the stoutest of the fingers.”


  3. natslaptaps:
    Thank you for the information… I certainly learned something new today. I appreciate the comment.

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