Why is the finger ringless?

Elena Melnichenko
Elena Melnichenko
March 10, 2015
Why is the finger ringless?

The ring finger is the fourth finger on the hand, starting from the thumb (of course, with all the fingers). It is worth noting that with the exception of this finger, everyone else has its own name, so many people are interested in the question of why the finger is nameless.

Finger name history

Among the historians of the language there is no single explanation for why the fourth finger is nameless. There are several theories:

  • Underused finger. Some of the historians and researchers of the language claim that the finger bears this name, since it is little used on its own, only together with other fingers. He did not stand out from the rest, so the name “without a name” or “nameless” stuck to him.
  • Holy finger. If you believe the linguists and historians, the nameless finger in the old days was holy, and everyone was afraid to pronounce its name, so he remained without a name. The Egyptians and Romans believed that the end of the ring finger was the beginning of the vein that leads to the heart.They also claimed that, by entering into marriage, people keep love in their hearts and, putting a wedding ring on the ring finger, the person thereby connects his source of love (heart) with another person.

Other finger names

It is worth noting that in all languages ​​the fourth finger is called the ring finger. For example, some residents of the Far East call it “medicinal” and mix various medicines with it. In English, it is called "ring finger", that is, the finger for the ring.

It is also translated from many European languages ​​as “ring” or “ring”, since it is used for wedding rings or rings.

The value of the ring finger

Ideally, the index finger is equal to the ring finger. If a person has a longer ring finger, it can speak about his creative, artistic instincts, in short - about isolation and selfishness.

This finger is also called the finger of happiness, as it contains the line of happiness that runs to the base of the finger.

It should be noted that when taking blood for analysis, it is often taken from the ring finger, since it contains fewer nerve endings, and more - blood capillaries.