Published on July 24th, 2015 | by Janine Giorgenti0
What Does “Rule of Thumb” Mean?
A very common expression. By Janine Giorgenti Of all the several expressions we use, knowingly or unknowingly, we don’t always know where they come from. Some expressions (or metaphors) carry historical connotations (“read the riot act”),
while others may have been passed down from simple day to day happenings (“oops doesn’t fix the broken lamp”).
One commonly used expression, “rule of thumbs”, actually originates from the world of fashion!
“Rule of Thumb”, defined as “a broadly accurate guide or principle, based on experience or practice rather than theory”; entails when a tailor measures for the correct sleeve length. A tailor will measure from the hem of the sleeve to the tip of the thumb; hence “rule of thumb”.
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