1. ## third finger

From this I can infer the following. Is it correct?

first finger - index finger
second finger - middle finger
third finger - ring finger
fourth finger - ??

48)..,The bride's wedding ring is put on the third finger of her left hand. This tradition comes from the Egyptians, who believed that the ring finger has "the vein of love" which runs directly to the heart.

2. ## Re: third finger

Originally Posted by keannu
From this I can infer the following. Is it correct?

first finger - index finger
second finger - middle finger
third finger - ring finger
fourth finger - ??

48)..,The bride's wedding ring is put on the third finger of her left hand. This tradition comes from the Egyptians, who believed that the ring finger has "the vein of love" which runs directly to the heart.
The fourth finger is called the "little finger".

3. ## Re: third finger

I am not a teacher.

Or, "the pinkie".

4. ## Re: third finger

We don't really use "pinkie" in BrE. I was about to post that it's "little finger in BrE, and pinkie in AmE" when I spotted that both words had already been given. I was surprised to see that Roman55 (who suggested "pinkie") is a BrE speaker.

5. ## Re: third finger

Originally Posted by keannu
From this I can infer the following. Is it correct?

first finger - index finger
second finger - middle finger
third finger - ring finger
fourth finger - ??

48)..,The bride's wedding ring is put on the third finger of her left hand. This tradition comes from the Egyptians, who believed that the ring finger has "the vein of love" which runs directly to the heart.
This sounds strange to me. The first finger is the thumb.
second finger = index finger
third finger = middle finger
fourth finger = ring finger
fifth finger = little finger

This is how the terms are used in medicine, and seems to be the common way to count fingers/digits:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ring_finger
"The fingers (or digits of the hand) are numbered from one to five, beginning with the thumb.
http://www.dartmouth.edu/~humananato...hapter_11.html

Otherwise, given that we have 10 fingers and 10 toes (most of us), the second toe would be homologous to the first finger, etc.
However, I note that Wikipedia uses a different confusing scheme:
"The index finger, (also referred to as forefinger, pointer finger, trigger finger, digitus secundus, digitus II, and many other terms), is the first finger and the second digit of a human hand."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Index_finger

6. ## Re: third finger

I am not a teacher.

I broadly agree with Raymott but it is interesting that in England, when indicating numbers with the fingers, you would tend to use the index finger to represent 1, the index and the middle finger to represent 2, and so on. In fact the thumb is kept folded to the palm of the hand until you reach 5. This goes against the logic of Raymott's post but it's how it's done.

In France, 1 is shown by sticking the thumb up, which has always seemed strange to me.

7. ## Re: third finger

Originally Posted by Raymott
This sounds strange to me. The first finger is the thumb.
second finger = index finger
third finger = middle finger
fourth finger = ring finger
fifth finger = little finger

This is how the terms are used in medicine, and seems to be the common way to count fingers/digits:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ring_finger
"The fingers (or digits of the hand) are numbered from one to five, beginning with the thumb.
http://www.dartmouth.edu/~humananato...hapter_11.html

Otherwise, given that we have 10 fingers and 10 toes (most of us), the second toe would be homologous to the first finger, etc.
However, I note that Wikipedia uses a different confusing scheme:
"The index finger, (also referred to as forefinger, pointer finger, trigger finger, digitus secundus, digitus II, and many other terms), is the first finger and the second digit of a human hand."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Index_finger
I don't think that, outside of medical contexts, people count starting with the thumb.

By some reckoning, we have 4 fingers and a thumb on each hand.

8. ## Re: third finger

I'm certainly of the "four fingers and a thumb" brigade. My index finger is certainly, for me, my first finger.

9. ## Re: third finger

Originally Posted by SoothingDave
I don't think that, outside of medical contexts, people count starting with the thumb.
Many millions of pianists all over the world call the thumb finger 1.

10. ## Re: third finger

Originally Posted by Rover_KE
Many millions of pianists all over the world call the thumb finger 1.
I played the trumpet. Three valves, starting with the index finger as #1.

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