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Making a promise: finger

Discussion in 'English Only' started by felixwong33, Feb 15, 2010.

  1. felixwong33 Junior Member

    Chinese
    do anyone know any expression in English to say when two fingers (esp. the little finger) hook with each other meaning making a promise for something.
     
  2. bibliolept

    bibliolept Senior Member

    Northern California
    AE, Español
    Pinky swear?

    From Wikipedia:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinky_swear

    Prior to this, I didn't know that this was common outside of the U.S.
     
  3. felixwong33 Junior Member

    Chinese
    Thanks so much. You are informative.
    It would be great if some buddies could let me know if such expression will be used outside US? E.g in UK.
     
  4. Loob

    Loob Senior Member

    English UK
    I haven't heard "pinky swear". But that's not surprising, for two reasons:

    (1) we don't generally use the term "pinky" for the little finger in BrE

    (2) to the best of my knowledge, BrE-speakers don't link little fingers when we make a promise except when we are making up with someone after a quarrel - in which case we link little fingers and say "make friends, make friends, never never break friends." I say "we" - it's been a long while since I did that:D
     
  5. Jam on toast

    Jam on toast Senior Member

    UK
    British English
    I'm not aware of any two finger promises, but I do recall when I was a boy scout we made a salute with three fingers (with the smallest finger held down by the thumb) as we recited our "boy scout promise" each week.


    Hi Loob, I am an exception to that rule if that is true. My littlest fingers will always be my pinkies :D.

    Oh, and I confirm that my partner also used to to that "make friends.." rhyme, holding pinkies with someone :).
     

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