Two fingers of whisky

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Hotmale, Dec 3, 2008.

  1. Hotmale

    Hotmale Senior Member

    Hello :)

    I've heard this expression and I am wondering if it is common or not so much.
    Do you usually hear it in a restaurant?

    Thank you
  2. Nikola Senior Member

    English - American
    I s more common in a bar two fingers of any drink is where two fingers would reach in a glass.
  3. Hotmale

    Hotmale Senior Member

    Two fingers literally? So that's quite a lot to drink, isn't it?

    Thanks :)
  4. It's a very variable and inaccurate measure. Think how the thickness of people's fingers can be very different.

    In restaurants and bars you ask for a whisky or a double whisky. You get precise and standard measures from an optic dispenser.

    (Has anybody ever told you that you bear a strong resemblance to Woody Allen?)

  5. Hotmale

    Hotmale Senior Member

    Thank you for your explanation :)

    Oh, yes and I've been told that I look "hot" :D
  6. panjandrum

    panjandrum Occasional Moderator

    Belfast, Ireland
    English-Ireland (top end)
    I have heard this in movies and read it in books - but very, very rarely in real life.
    The measure is in a small glass with fingers wrapped around it. It is not as deep as the length of two fingers :)
  7. Nunty

    Nunty Modified

    Hebrew-US English (bilingual)
    I heard this when I was younger, but mostly from people of my parents' generation. I have read it in recipes for cocktails.
  8. Hotmale

    Hotmale Senior Member

    Thank you :)
  9. mahdeen New Member

    maybe it's not related but

    This is very common in Persian.
    It is used for general inaccurate measurement of length specially by uneducated housewives as a complement for a span.

    example (literally translated): 3 spans and 4 fingers of cloth
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2008
  10. out2lnch Senior Member

    Ottawa, Canada
    I've also heard it used jokingly, where the two fingers measured from (see Panjandrum's post) are the index and pinky fingers.

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