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The prominent tour, the highlight of which was a decision to set up a BRICS development bank, has been given a thumbs-up by netizens around the globe. It is about time. The world will remember him as one of the wisest leader who brought about peace, security and progress to the whole world.
Thanks, Jenna, for this championing "Of Thumbs. I'd add to your insights that the essay bears all the signs of coming more or less raw from Montaigne's commonplace book, where he would have kept and sorted a list of quotations on topics as diverse as the titles of his essays. In this, you can see the growth of the essay out of the practice of common-placing: the writer gradually becoming bold enough not merely to curate quotations, but to begin interjecting his thoughts between them, until eventually we have a genre in which Montaigne's passages are no longer interjections, but the very meat of the essay.
We cannot dither, we cannot just twiddle our thumbsor wait and see. Ebert gave James the proverbial two thumbs up, and the project was a go. When we nodded, she broke into a wide grin, gestured with two thumbs up, and finished off with a high-five.
The thumb is the first digit finger of the hand. When a person is standing in the medical anatomical position where the palm is facing to the frontthe thumb is the outermost digit. The Medical Latin English noun for thumb is pollex compare hallux for big toeand the corresponding adjective for thumb is pollical.
Many English speakers may not realize how often English words are actually taken, verbatim, from both ancient and modern languages. It may come as a surprise to learn that English speakers use common Latin phrases every day, most recognizably in the sciences. In Latin, ad hoc literally means to thiswhich has been adapted by English speakers as a saying that denotes that something is created or done for a particular purpose, as necessary.
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Hundreds of words—like memoalibiagendacensusvetoaliasviaalumniaffidavit and versus— are all used in everyday English, as are abbreviations like i. Even some entire Latin phrases have become so naturalized in English that we use them, in full, without a second thought—like bona fide literally "in good faith"alter ego "other self"persona non grata "unwelcome person"vice versa "position turned"carpe diem "seize the day"cum laude "with praise"alma mater "nourishing mother"and quid pro quo "something for something," "this for that". Besides fairly commonplace examples like these, however, English has adopted a number of much less familiar Latin phrases and expressions that go criminally underused—20 examples of which are listed here.
Combat-ready spikes which shoot from fingers sounds like the weaponry of a comic book hero, but a Japanese scientist has found exactly this in a rare breed of frog. The discovery, which is published in the Journal of Zoologyreveals how the Otton frog uses spikes which protrude from a false thumb for both combat and mating. Unlike most other frogs the Otton has an extra digit-like structure, a trait it shares with the five-fingered Hypsiboas rosenbergi frogs of Latin America.
Pete stuck his thumb out at the age of 17 and hitch hiked out of Birmingham, England. In the meantime, certain rules of thumb about drone use are self-evident. He had only one tooth, and he ate by using his thumb as a second incisor. All I have been able to find is a cute picture of Spears and Garnett with two comments and some thumb icons of approval.