"Fingers were made before forks" Could you explain

Moderator: JackFrost

User avatar
Paul
Posts: 38
Joined: 2004-10-30, 3:13
Real Name: Paul
Gender: male
Country: BR Brazil (Brasil)

"Fingers were made before forks" Could you explain

Postby Paul » 2005-03-16, 3:17

Hi.

Could you explain the meaning of the following proverb?

"Fingers were made before forks"

Thanks a lot.

Paul. :)

User avatar
bluechiron
Posts: 275
Joined: 2004-11-02, 5:18
Real Name: LS
Gender: female
Location: El mundo de Nunca Jamás

Postby bluechiron » 2005-03-16, 3:36

People ate with their hands before making forks and other utensils with which to eat.
Shukta shimi yuyankapak, kanpa ñawikunata wichkana ushankakunarakmi kanpa shungutawan uyankirakpish.
To know another language, first your eyes will have to be open, and you will have to listen with your heart.

Julius

Postby Julius » 2005-03-19, 12:10

Actually, I have no idea what it means. Perhaps the proverb means "go back to the basics" or "simplicity is preferred to complexity"?

It is just a guess. I have never heard the proverb before, it must be rare.

weemaxcat
Posts: 11
Joined: 2005-02-02, 3:29
Real Name: Eileen
Gender: female
Location: NZ
Country: NZ New Zealand (New Zealand / Aotearoa)

Postby weemaxcat » 2005-03-20, 4:04

Had a wee search and it seems an earlier saying was "God made hands before knives"
Then Johnathan Swift said "They say fingers were made before forks and hands before knives"
I had never heard of it either - and would take it to mean the same as you, Julius - that maybe we make things too complicated, or are too clever for our own good.

Tim SJ
Posts: 5
Joined: 2005-03-18, 6:09
Real Name: Tim Main
Gender: male
Location: St. Louis
Country: US United States (United States)

an Oklahoman/Coloradoan/Missourian's take on the phrase

Postby Tim SJ » 2005-03-21, 23:07

Hi, all. I'm relatively new to Unilang, but I noticed this thread and thought I'd throw in my two cents.

I've heard (and used) the phrase, but only literally, never figuratively. If there's a guest at the dinner table and she has to pick something up with her hands to eat it, she might be embarrassed, since this is contrary to good manners in my part of the States. I ignore it politely, of course, but if she expresses her embarrassment, that's when I might use the phrase: "Don't worry about it. After all, fingers were made before forks."

Hope this helps.


Return to “English”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest