Discussion Forum

Please consider registering
guest

Log In Register

Register | Lost password?
Advanced Search:

— Forum Scope —



— Match —



— Forum Options —




Wildcard usage:
*  matches any number of characters    %  matches exactly one character

Minimum search word length is 4 characters - maximum search word length is 84 characters

Topic RSS
Thumbs and the rules that apply to them
Topic Rating: 0 (0 votes) 
2013/03/17
10:01pm
Ron Draney
Member
Forum Posts: 608
Member Since:
2009/03/06
Offline
1
0

One of this week's callers asked about the popular urban legend that rule of thumb refers to some ancient statue about the size of the stick with which one may legally beat one's wife. I trust that the discussion that followed straightened out everybody on that particular derivation.

I've taken to using the expression lex pollicis for such heuristic rules. I figure if someone's got enough Latin to recognize it in that form, they're educated enough not to be taken in by a spurious tale told by a "friend of a friend".

2013/03/18
8:00pm
Heimhenge
New River, AZ, USA
Member
Forum Posts: 699
Member Since:
2010/05/18
Offline
2
0

Ron Draney said: I figure if someone's got enough Latin to recognize it in that form, they're educated enough not to be taken in by a spurious tale told by a "friend of a friend".

OK, I admit I had to look up "lex pollicis" to get your point. So while I was on Google Translate I checked out "spurious tales from friends of friends" and eventually ended up learning that the English "rumor" is exactly the Latin "rumor." So I guess "lex rumor" would also work? [never took Latin but slowly hobbling it together]

Forum Timezone: America/Los_Angeles

Most Users Ever Online: 161

Currently Online: Glenn
27 Guest(s)

Currently Browsing this Page:
1 Guest(s)

Top Posters:

Heimhenge: 699

Bob Bridges: 670

Ron Draney: 608

RobertB: 407

tromboniator: 355

Dick: 325

samaphore: 319

Robert: 306

dilettante: 286

Raffee: 235

Member Stats:

Guest Posters: 600

Members: 2965

Moderators: 1

Admins: 5

Forum Stats:

Groups: 1

Forums: 1

Topics: 3011

Posts: 15850

Newest Members: Jeff Axelrod, lethealgia, Lisamm, mcalter, documen, werpknarly, Beffa, rdt2, Afripol, kgraffius

Moderators: Grant Barrett (1411)

Administrators: Martha Barnette (827), Grant Barrett (1411), EmmettRedd (604), Glenn (1538), timfelten (0)