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Why it is called as a "Thumb rule", rather than a "Little finger" or other finger's rule?

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Asked by GOPI KUMAR, 29 Sep '12 11:52 am
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The 'rule of thumb' has been said to derive from the belief that English law allowed a man to beat his wife with a stick so long as it is was no thicker than his thumb. It's certainly the case that, although British common law once held that it was legal for a man to chastise his wife in moderation (whatever that meant), the 'rule of thumb' has never been the law in England. The origin of the phrase remains unknown. It is likely that it refers to one of the numerous ways that thumbs have been used to estimate things - judging the alignment or distance of an object by holding the thumb in one's eye-line, the temperature of brews of beer, measurement of an inch from the joint to the nail to the tip, or across the thumb, etc. The phrase joins the whole nine yards as one that probably derives from some form of measurement but which is unlikely ever to be definitively pinned down.
Answered by LIPSIKA, 29 Sep '12 11:57 am

 
  
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Among all the fingers, thumb is the strongestand rules the roost, hence thumbs rule.
Answered by ts, 29 Sep '12 11:58 am

 
  
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Each finger has itz own meaning and significance, if u lift ur little fingure; u would be shown way to wash room :P
Answered by MAdhavan Avadhany, 29 Sep '12 12:03 pm

 
  
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