pinkie and pwenkwe (was: Re: fingers)
|Date:||Monday, June 27, 2005, 17:32|
Hello, everyone, thanks for writing.
About the term "pinkie" for the smallest or fifth finger of the hand,
Ingmar Roerdinkholder asks: 'This "pink", would it mean something
like "the fifth (finger)", from IndoEuropean *penkwe, *pinkwe or so =
I like this idea.
I am aware it is probably not true. That makes me like it more for
some purposes -- I am usually partial to fiction when on this conlang
list; if I weren't, I would spend more time on an auxlang list or
sci.linguistics or whatever.
Tom H.C. in MI
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Ingmar Roerdinkholder
> <ingmar.roerdinkholder@W...> wrote:
> Is "pinky" American English? In that case it's likely to be derivedfrom
> Substandard colloquial Dutch "pinkie", Standard Dutch "pinkje",dim. of
> This "pink", would it mean something like "the fifth (finger)",from
> *penkwe , *pinkwe or so = five ?
> > Well, English has "pinky" which seems like it's
> > related to Dutch "pink".
> > ~ Elliott
> > --- Ingmar Roerdinkholder
> > <ingmar.roerdinkholder@W...> wrote:
> >> In Dutch we use the following names:
> >> vinger(s) = finger(s)
> >> teen, pl tenen = toe(s)
> >> duim = thumb
> >> wijsvinger
> >> middelvinger
> >> ringvinger
> >> pink
> >> For toes, only : grote teen & kleine teen.
> >> So, the Dutch names are quite similar to the German
> >> ones, except for
> >> <pink> in stead of *kleine vinger. I think all other
> >> Germanic languages
> >> have the equivalent of "little finger".
> >> btw <wijsvinger> means the same as Zeigefinger,
> >> namely pointing finger.
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