Re: "rule of thumb"

Subject: Re: "rule of thumb"
From: "Marvin W. Miller" <Marvin_Miller -at- SEC -dot- SEL -dot- SONY -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 16 Nov 1995 16:37:13 -0800

> > Date: Thu, 16 Nov 1995 09:29:01 EST From: Karen Mayer <Karen_
> > Mayer -dot- TOUCH_TECHNOLOGY -at- NOTES -dot- COMPUSERVE -dot- COM> Subject: Re:
> > hyphenating and hypothecating - a hypothesis
> >
> > 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.

> Oh, dear, I guess I'm going to have to whittle mine down.

> Sorry, but I doubt the truth of your dad's statement. I thought the
> term came from carpentry, wherein the width of one's thumb could be
> used to approximate an inch.

> Other theories?

> John Wilcox <john -at- syntax -dot- com>
> Senior Technical Writer
> Syntax, Inc., 840 S. 333rd St., Federal Way, WA 98003-6343 USA
> voice 206-838-2626, fax 206-838-9836,

They must have had awful big thumbs!

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