Growing up in Southern California, "pinky" was the only word for
the little finger I ever knew.  I always assumed "little finger" was a
construct people that didn't know the word "pinky" used.  And I've
never seen the spelling "pinkie" until this thread appeared.

Joseph wrote:
Having grown up in the Deep South (piedmont region of South Carolina),
I heard it all my life until I moved West. My parents used the word,
and their parents (my grandmother was born on 01 Jan 1900 and died on
01 Jan. 1980).

Wow, really?  Born and died on her birthday, in a
zero year, and her birthday was New Year's?  That's
quite rare!

> As I've said, growing up in the United States,
> I never heard the word "pinkie."  It was always
> called the "little finger." Then when I was in
> college in the mid-1970s, some men started to
> wear a ring on their little finger. These were
> called "pinkie rings." Soon afterwards, I
> began to hear people calling the little finger
> itself a "pinkie." It's probably been around a
> lot longer than that, but that's the way I
> remember it.

"sunly eleSkarez ygralleryf ydZZixelje je ox2mejze."
"No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn."

-Jim Morrison