I used the expression “rule of thumb” in a recent post, then regretted it. Why? Because I value kindness and equality.
One source of this colorful expression is the ancient rule that no man could use a stick wider than his thumb to beat his wife. Thus, “rule of thumb.”
Rather than contribute to the use of an expression with such dismal associations, I have deleted it from the other post. I’m using it here to increase awareness of one of its earliest meanings.
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