Kalevi (coranglaisman) wrote in linguaphiles,
Kalevi
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Pieni kysymys...

Just a small Finnish question. I found something today that details the names of the fingers in Finnish, and I was curious if anyone has any idea why the other four fingers have names, but the fourth finger is called nimetön. Does it have no name, or is nimetön the word that specifically refers to it? And in any case, why is it called that?

As long as I'm asking about this, I'm also curious about the names other languages use for fingers. What are they called? Or do some languages not have any specific names beyond "fingers"?

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Tags: etymology, finnish, howdoyousay
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