Names Originate from Size or Usage
Sorry for the sudden question, but what do they call the individual fingers of the hand in your country?
In Japan, they are referred to as:
#1 Parent Finger
#2 Pointing Finger
#3 Middle Finger
#4 Medicine Finger
#5 Little Finger
Why are they named this way?
#1 is the biggest, so it’s called the “Parent” finger.
#5 is the smallest, so it’s called the “Little” finger.
#3 is in the middle, so it’s called the “Middle” finger.
The names of fingers 2 and 4 are easy to grasp.
Why is #2 called the “Pointing” finger?
There is a story behind it! The meaning comes from the fact that you use this finger to ‘point things out’ to other people.
Finger #4’s name is derived from the fact that doctors use this finger when they mix medicine or apply ointment.
Fingers of the Hand Representing Family
In order to teach little children the names of the fingers, they are sometimes represented as a family!
The parent finger is the “Father Finger,” the pointing finger the “Mother Finger,” the middle finger is the “Brother Finger,” the medicine finger is the “Sister Finger,” and the little finger is the “Baby Finger.”
Its cute and easy to remember… isn’t it nice?
What do they call the individual fingers of the hand in your country?