finger-counting love



from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Counting upon the fingers.


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  • Before the widespread availability of paper and pencil, numbers were often communicated through elaborate finger-counting sign languages.


  • Seidenberg in km, a widespread root for ten 1976: "The effort to relate km or kmt to *handus, or, more generally said, to see a reference to the hands in the number words, is also ad hoc: there is not the slightest evidence, apart from similar speculations on the other numbers, that the Indo-European number words are derived from finger-counting."

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  • I spent about a half hour this morning hitting reset, watching it get through about a third of its finger-counting routine and then stop, swearing, and hitting reset again.

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  • He eventually created a series of texts taking students from finger-counting through calculus.

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  • Referees should use an official score sheet or develop a reliable finger-counting method.


  • These are the finger-counting days when the movies are like the national elections.

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  • Shylock's cleverness and intellectual assurance were obscured by funniosities such as a sing-song Potash-and-Perlmutter speech breaking into gabble, finger-counting, and beard-stroking, lying flat in the street and howling.

    Europe—Whither Bound? Being Letters of Travel from the Capitals of Europe in the Year 1921

  • To such unimaginable shifts are critics of the finger-counting or syllabic school inevitably and fatally reduced in the effort to establish by rule of thumb even so much as may seem verifiable by that rule in the province of poetical criticism.

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  • Mere finger-counting, mere head-reckoning, even with the aid of a regular decimal notation, could not have sufficed for numbering the days in a year; much less the years, months, and days between eclipses.

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  • An additional 43 gestures (5%) were excluded because they were highly stereotyped finger-counting gestures.

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