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Comment from: Randy [Visitor]
What about the individual fingers or is that going to be part five? We have the thumb, pointer finger, middle finger, ring finger, and pinky. The pinky is kind of a strange term for the smallest finger! What is the Russian equivalent?

Don's response: Although I haven't penned any entries about the fingers, I think I remember they are discussed in Genevra Gerhart's “The Russian's World: Life and Language.” It's a marvelous book. All English-speaking students of Russian should own a copy. Hm. Now that I think about, I don't have the updated edition. Maybe I'll buy it for myself for Christmas.
12/19/08 @ 12:41
Comment from: russkie [Visitor]
"I wonder if the average Russian knows the names of those bones in Russian?"

лучевая кость is rare, most of people don't know what it is
just some bone
05/09/09 @ 23:03
Comment from: Shady_arc [Visitor]
I didn't know the name of the bones until I started learning anatomy using books (anatomy for the artists). Words like "плечо","локоть", "фаланги", "запястье", "костяшки", "ладонь" are perfectly normal. "Кисть" is a normal word, but it's hard to think of a context to use it, so usually it means "brush" (a tool of a painter), the same as more colloquial "кисточка".

"Лучевая кость" is a bit much, though the use of "normal" words for the name makes it sound almost familiar. Even if you have no idea where the bone is.

And I won't use "пястье" or "пясть" in my right mind.

The names of the five fingers are all adjectives + the word "палец", save for the little finger

большой палец - "big finger"; the same for the
указательный палец - "indicating finger"
средний палец - "midle finger"
безымянный палец - "nameless finger"
мизинец - doesn't mean anything in contemporary Russian
(http://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/Палец)

It seems that feet too have "big toe" (=thumb). I also heard мизинец, and use it myself, but as for the other toes.. I don't think they are referred to by their names.
05/19/10 @ 17:54

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