Fuck the Rule of Thumb

Sometimes the truth isn’t very much fun. Like today, when I was reading about fake etymologies (word origins) and urban legends on the Wikipedia site.

It turns out that all those great, commonly accepted stories about the history of the words/phrases “fuck,” “pome,” “posh,” and “rule of thumb” are lacking in verifiable evidence. Personally, I’m glad to find that the rule of thumb may not have the violent, sexist roots we’ve all heard about.

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