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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Fingers.
 
The old names for the fingers are:—   1
   Thumb (Anglo-Saxon thuma).   2
   Towcher (the finger that touches), foreman, or pointer. This was called by the Anglo-Saxons the scite-finger, i.e. the shooting finger.   3
   Long-man or long finger.   4
   Lech-man or ring-finger. The former means “medical finger,” and the latter is a Roman expression, “digitus annula’ris.” Called by the Anglo-Saxons the gold-finger.   5
   Little-man or little finger. Called by the Anglo-Saxons the eár-finger.   6
   Fingers. Ben Jonson says—   7
       
“The thumb, in chiromancy, we give to Venus;
The fore-finger to Jove; the midst to Saturn;
The ring to Sol; the least to Mercury”
       
Alchemist, i. 2.
   His fingers are all thumbs. Said of a person awkward in the use of his hands. Ce soni les deux doigts de la main.   8
 


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