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Word Nerd: Dactylonomy

dactylonomy definition Word Nerd via LaWhimsyDactylonomy means the use of one’s fingers to express numbers. Dactylonomy derives from the Latin dactylo-(finger, toe) – from the Ancient Greek δάκτυλος (finger)- and from the English -nomy (rules, laws, knowledge) – from the Ancient Greek νόμος (law, custom).

Dactylonomy is the official word for counting on one’s fingers – something I do all the damn time. Dactylonomy just helps add a visual element when I simply can’t do the math in my head.

dactylonomy counting on my fingers image crop from photo by david fanuel via LaWhimsyDactylonomy – simply using all the tools at my disposal…

Dactylonomy is just a fun word for something I do without even really thinking about it. I really enjoy it when I discover words like dactylonomy since I feel like it just adds more depth to my vocabulary. How about you? Do you use dactylonomy when you do basic math?

Namaste ~ Ella

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