Foot finger or toe"

Discussion in 'English Only' started by ode1299, Apr 1, 2013.

  1. ode1299 New Member

    Dear members,
    I would like to ask whether there is any expression like "foot finger" for the word "toe".

    This is text is taken from a student's book in Turkey. I couldn'T find any reference to explain this misusage.

    Hi Tracey,
    [...] For example, I broke my left foot finger
    while climbing a small mountain in Switzerland. It really hurt and no one was there to give
    me a hand. [...] They gave me a bed and took care of me for two days.
    When my finger was OK, I kept walking in the green mountains.[...]

    Note: Excessive quotation deleted by moderator.
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  2. Jim2996 Senior Member

    Boston, MA
    American English
    This is the first time I've seen foot finger. It's completely understandable. If a well-known author did this I would call it literary. My guess is that Turkish has one word that covers both hands and feet (there is something that you have 20 of) and to distinguish fingers from toes you use an adjective. Is he just too literally following Turkish?
  3. Giorgio Spizzi Senior Member

    I suspect it should be [left foot] toe.

  4. Giorgio Spizzi Senior Member

    Hullo, Jim.

    Well, the case reminds me of a (literary?) word formation: "handshoe" for "glove". After all the Germans do it all the time. :)

  5. ode1299 New Member

    Thank you for your answer. Yes, your guess is right. [Non-English discussion removed.]

    The course book which has this article includes many misusages like this, and I am thinking about informing the authorities about it.

    Thank you for your help.
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  6. velisarius

    velisarius Senior Member

    British English (Sussex)
    It's also an odd expression in that it implies he had only one of these left "foot fingers".
  7. Nunty

    Nunty Modified

    Hebrew-US English (bilingual)
    Hi, ode, and welcome to the forums!

    You are right to question the term. Although it is completely understandable to English speakers, it is not a term that we use.

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