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Subject:Re: hyphenating and hypothecating - a hypothesis From:Karen Mayer <Karen_Mayer -dot- TOUCH_TECHNOLOGY -at- NOTES -dot- COMPUSERVE -dot- COM> Date:Thu, 16 Nov 1995 09:29:01 EST
Your (and others') use of the term "rule of thumb" reminded me of what my
dad told me was the origin of that phrase. He says that not too long ago
the law stated that a man could beat his wife with a stick no larger than
the diameter of his thumb. Thus it was the "Rule of Thumb." Lovely.