We read your emails, and we're proving it today by talking about pinkies, other fingers, and humerus bones.
One of you asked about the pinky finger.
University of Michigan English Professor Anne Curzan discovered the pinky finger comes from the adjective “pinky,” which meant small.
“It at first referred to eyes,” Curzan explains. “So people with pinky eyes … like little squinty eyes.”
But eventually its meaning moved from our eyes to our little fingers and made its way to the United States at the end of the 19th century.