Rule of thumb beat


A modern folk etymology holds that the phrase derives from the maximum width of a stick allowed for wife-beating under English law; this belief may have originated in a rumored statement by the eighteenth-century judge Sir Francis Buller that a man may beat his wife with a stick no wider than his thumb. The rumor.

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12 Mar "Rule of thumb" is a rude reference to an old law permitting men to beat their wives with a stick no thicker than a thumb, right? Wrong! It's one of the myths of women's history. Well, except that it may still be rude to use a phrase that you know will upset people.

It may also be rude to assume that people who.

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Where does "rule of thumb" come from? Not legalized wife beating. | Stuff Mom Never Told You

Where does "rule of thumb" come from? Not legalized wife beating.

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17 Apr The rule of thumb, according to the professor, was a law that allowed a man to beat his wife so long as the rod used was no thicker than his thumb. But over the centuries, the term had evolved into vernacular for an "approximate measure." "It sounded very believable to me," says the year-old Fenick, now.


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Description:I don't believe it either, but can't find a more persuasive origin. Actually, the phrase "rule of thumb" simply comes from the usage of a thumb as a unit of measurement. The old English "ynche" was defined as the breadth of a man's thumb at the base of the nail. Then as now, thumb sizes varied, but not much precison was required in the Middle Ages. There are actually two and ONLY two American court decisions Mississippi, and North Carolina, in which judges state and reject "ancient law" which permitted a man to beat his wife with a stick no bigger than his thumb. These judges were mistaken.

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