The Names of the Fingers

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    The Names of the Fingers

    指の名前


    Today, I would like to introduce the common names of yubi (指 – meaning “fingers”) in Japanese.
    今日は、日本語の指の名前を紹介します。

    Oyayubi (親指 – “thumb”): Since oya (親) means “parent,” the literal meaning of oyayubi is “the parent finger.”
    親指:「親」は “parent” を意味するので、「親指」の文字どおりの意味は “the parent finger” です。

    Hitosashiyubi (人差し指 – “index finger”): Since hito (人) means “person” and sashi (差し) means “point,” the literal meaning of hitosashiyubi is “finger for pointing at a person.”
    人差し指:「人」は “person”、「指し」は “point” を意味するので、「人差し指」の文字どおりの意味は “finger for pointing at a person” です。

    Nakayubi (中指 – “middle finger”): Since naka (中) means “center,” the literal meaning of nakayubi is “center finger.”
    中指:「中」は “center” を意味するので、「中指」の文字どおりの意味は “center finger” です。

    Kusuriyubi (薬指 – “ring finger”): Since kusuri (薬) means “medicine,” the literal meaning of kusuriyubi is “medicine finger.”
    薬指:「薬」は “medicine” を意味するので、「薬指」の文字どおりの意味は “mecidine finger” です。

    Koyubi (小指 – “little finger”): Since ko (小) means “small,” the literal meaning of koyubi is “small finger.”
    小指:「小」は “small” を意味するので、「小指」の文字どおりの意味は “small finger” です。

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