The finger names

These are the names of the fingers.(1)

rIlwI' thumb, usually a child's thumb
SenwI' thumb, usually an adult's thumb
SIqwI' index, first, pointer finger
qaywI' middle finger
qewwI' ring finger
qanwI' pinky finger

Each verb that is base of the -wI' noun can be used in the meaning "use the ... finger". Some of the verbs have an additional meaning, e.g. pointing with the pinky at a person means that the speakers think the pointed person is old, based on the meaning of the verb qan be old.

See also


1 : HolQeD, vol. 10 issue 2, June 2001, p. 7-11

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