Finger names are actually pretty common in some cultures. In Japan, for example, they are used as a way to avoid getting dirty when eating finger foods like sushi or pizza. However, it turns out that there are even more interesting facts about them than you might know! Read on to learn 15 weird (but true!) facts about finger names and why they’re so important.
In Japan, finger names are used as a way to avoid getting dirty when eating foods like sushi or pizza.
Finger Names were invented in the 18th century by King Frederick of Prussia and spread across Europe during WWII – they offer an easy way for people who don’t know each other’s names to greet one another.
The first American college professor known to use finger naming is English Professor John Lounsbury at Williams College in 1906 (and then later joined by his colleague Charles Martin).
Some historians believe that the tradition was adopted from China where it was noted centuries before Europeans began using it.
There is no set list of rules on how you should name your fingers; however, most people will use their two thumbs as “thumbs up” and the other fingers are typically named for their relative length. Finger naming was a way to avoid dirtying your hands when eating pizza or sushi since you don’t have to touch anything with your bare hands, unlike if you were using chopsticks or just grabbing food without utensils. It’s not uncommon for children in schools across America (especially elementary school) to be given finger names by teachers, peers, and family members; this is because many kids’ names can sound like complicated words that give away too much information about them at an early age. A person’s finger name has no correlation to what they might call themselves on