Most would agree: we have five fingers on each hand. Yet we commonly identify the index finger as the first, as if the thumb doesn’t qualify. Do you consider your thumb to be a finger?
Late to the party here, but we have five DIGITS on each hand, 4 fingers and one thumb.
It’s a finger and our most important one. It is also one of if not the biggest separators between humans and other animals on earth. 👍
I don't actually believe the thumb is considered a finger.
The thumb is a digit it isn't technically a finger, it does not have enough bones or enough joints to be considered a finger.
Exactly. And it was designed for opposition, without which we couldn't effectively grasp or pick things up.
what else would it be?
The thumb is a finger. A short, stubby, sideways finger.
It's not it doesn't have enough joints nor does it have enough bones to be considered finger.
I’m a pianist, so to me the thumb is the first finger and the index finger is the second.
Regardless of the index/1st finger rationale, we all know which is the middle finger. That would make the thumb a finger.
I hurt my thumb. I did not realize there are things you cannot do without it. I'd say it's kind of a finger. A big finger
I call them digits and I call my big toe my thumb toe🤔
If you give someone the finger by waving their thumb at them, they usually get the wrong message, I've found.
It's functionally different. Furthermore, look at the way it is attached to the hand. Count the bones of the thumb as opposed to the bones of the fingers. Clearly, it is meant to be different. That is why we refer to our thumbs as "opposable thumbs." If they were not designed that way, we could not grab and hold things as effectively as we now can.
Why does it matter.
Thumb people care about it.
Seeing as I've already attacked one person for it I think it matters.
In my professional life (physical therapist), the index is the 2nd digit. Colloquially, it’s 4 fingers and the thumb.
I have literally never heard anyone say that the thumb is not a finger.
A thumb is a thumb.It is not a ring finger,index finger,middle finger,or little finger. Has anybody said it’s a thumb finger. No the answer is it is a thumb
I agree thumb isn’t a finger but a finger is not a thumb. And a spleen is just a spleen.
Thebob. And a rose is a rose is a rose
The thumb is both a finger and doesn’t count as one at the same time
All thumbs are fingers, but not all fingers are thumbs. 👍
Ooh. Someone who understands that set inclusion is not the same as set equality!
You beat me to it
No pinky is a thumb either.
Well said, sis!
I grew up in Germany, so I count with the thumb first. However, I feel like the word "finger" refers to digits other than the thumb.
I still count the index finger first, but I would still consider the thumb a finger
The thumb is the 1st finger (digit).
The thumb is a digit yes but a digit doesn't inherently mean finger.
The thumb does not have enough or joints to be considered a finger... if you're asking yourself what is it then -it's a thumb.
Wrong. It’s a finger. You’re just making up your own definition.
why would you think that?
stop being ignorant.
Your own reference says that the thumb is considered to be a finger by some.
I’m referring to the scientific designation of the thumb as a finger not how the term is used in literature.
did I just find the one person in the world that doesn't know there's two types of dictionaries?
The thumb is the first digit (finger) of the hand.
The English word "finger" has two senses, even in the context of appendages of a single typical human hand:
Any of the four terminal members of the hand, specifically those other than the thumb.
Any of the five digits.
Linguistically, it appears that the original sense was the broader of these two: penkwe-ros (also rendered as penqrós) was, in the inferred Proto-Indo-European language, a suffixed form of penkwe (or penqe), which has given rise to many Indo-European-family words (tens of them defined in English dictionaries) that involve or flow from concepts of fiveness.
So it appears that we could both be right but I am the most correct when considering the origin of the word.
this is possible.
here is a biological definition of finger.
For the record there is prescriptive and descriptive dictionaries, a dictionary can tell you what the word is supposed to mean or how the word is used.
I honestly don't know why I'm being so sassy about such a simple topic in the end we both could be right in our respective opinions.
My five-fingered hands vote yes. ✋🏻🤚🏻
Technically the thumb is unique. But the word “fingers” is used in two different ways; one in reference to any of the actual 4 fingers on each hand, the other to mean all five digits on each hand. We probably use “fingers” because “digits” sounds a bit too clinical.
We could just call them “digits” and avoid the issue.
Five? Is that like an average or something?
No. You have 8 fingers and 2 thumbs.
The thumb is a phalanx, fingers are phalanges. Different bones.
And thumbs are opposable. Index fingers fit nostrils, the only real evidence of potential intelligent design.
There doesn’t seems to be a right answer. There are many reliable sources on both sides of the fence. It’s an appendage much like the others but it has a different bone structure and muscle group than the other, non-opposing digits. Despite what you call it, it’s not only a critical part of the hand but a crucial part of what makes us human.
It is another unique digit.....