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21 Feb 2024, 8:36 pm

We all know on a hand, there's the thumb, the index finger, the middle finger, the ring finger, and the pinky. But some people have a sixth finger due to a condition known as polydactyly. What would be a good name for the sixth finger?

I personally like calling it "the sixth ranger".



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22 Feb 2024, 8:31 pm

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22 Feb 2024, 9:20 pm

If it's opposable enough I'd call it my second thumb.


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22 Feb 2024, 9:31 pm

The Sixth finger is called the Boleyn



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22 Feb 2024, 11:57 pm

That dangerous toy from the 60s came to my mind.


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23 Feb 2024, 6:51 am

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23 Feb 2024, 7:07 am

Technically, the thumb is not a finger, so we only have 4 fingers. A superfluous finger would be a 5th (not a 6th) finger. But, if the thumb and fingers together are known as digits, then any extra is known as "Extra digit 6" and so on. Some people actually have 7 or 8 digits.



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23 Feb 2024, 7:39 am

ezbzbfcg2 wrote:
Technically, the thumb is not a finger...


Go on... I'm very curious to see how you redefine a specialized finger as not really a finger.


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23 Feb 2024, 7:56 am

funeralxempire wrote:
ezbzbfcg2 wrote:
Technically, the thumb is not a finger...

Go on... I'm very curious to see how you redefine a specialized finger as not really a finger.


Ah, right proper sarcastic condescension born from ignorance and misunderstanding...

I'm not 're-defining' anything. In the colloquial sense, you can refer to a thumb as one of your "fingers."

The reasons the thumb is often not consider a finger is because it's opposable to the other digits on the hand. You can touch your thumb tip to any finger tip, but you can't touch finger tip to finger tip (on the same hand).

Some primates don't have thumbs. Some have thumb-like digits that aren't opposable. That's why the thumb is not considered a true finger but rather a digit of the hand.

THINK.

You may have said pointer finger or index finger.
You may have said middle finger.
You may have said ring finger.
You may have said pinky finger.

...but have you ever in the course of your life ever said "thumb finger" ?

Again...think before responding.

Tell me more about your thumb finger, son.



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23 Feb 2024, 6:24 pm

CockneyRebel wrote:
That dangerous toy from the 60s came to my mind.


What was it that made it dangerous? It was a squirt gun, wasn't it?



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23 Feb 2024, 6:46 pm

ezbzbfcg2 wrote:
funeralxempire wrote:
ezbzbfcg2 wrote:
Technically, the thumb is not a finger...

Go on... I'm very curious to see how you redefine a specialized finger as not really a finger.


Ah, right proper sarcastic condescension born from ignorance and misunderstanding...

I'm not 're-defining' anything. In the colloquial sense, you can refer to a thumb as one of your "fingers."

The reasons the thumb is often not consider a finger is because it's opposable to the other digits on the hand. You can touch your thumb tip to any finger tip, but you can't touch finger tip to finger tip (on the same hand).

Some primates don't have thumbs. Some have thumb-like digits that aren't opposable. That's why the thumb is not considered a true finger but rather a digit of the hand.

THINK.

You may have said pointer finger or index finger.
You may have said middle finger.
You may have said ring finger.
You may have said pinky finger.

...but have you ever in the course of your life ever said "thumb finger" ?

Again...think before responding.

Tell me more about your thumb finger, son.


You're not really rebutting what I said when you have to lead-in by conceding that much. The digits of the hand are fingers, that includes the opposable one. Arguing that we have a more precise term to refer to that specific finger doesn't make that digit no longer a finger.

The reason that specialized finger isn't a finger due to it's specialization isn't a very solid argument. Thumbs are a subset of the broader category finger, fingers are a subset of the broader category digits.


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23 Feb 2024, 6:48 pm

lostonearth35 wrote:
CockneyRebel wrote:
That dangerous toy from the 60s came to my mind.


What was it that made it dangerous? It was a squirt gun, wasn't it?


Wasn't that the era that brought us the gas-powered pogo stick?


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