> take me some time to decode. To me, a "pointer" is a data type in a computer > program, a variety of dog, a helpful tip, and several other things that > would have to occur to me before I thought of a finger. Ditto. It's also true for me of "index" when stripped of "finger": a set of pointers for in a program or a book, etc. > It is a shame the middle finger doesn't have a name all its own in English; > it's only distinguished by being between its neighbours. I suppose we could > call it the "giving-the-finger finger" (or "bird finger", to use another > colloquialism of dubious universality...). In certain NeoPagan trads, each finger is assigned an element: e.g. thumb = water, index = fire, middle = spirit, ring = earth, pinky = air.