Sarah Albee: Thumbs Up

From: Sarah Albee
October 12, 2012 at 04:45AM

British sailors sewing heavy canvas sails wore “thumb bells” made of leather to protect their fingers from getting jabbed. During the seventeenth century, a metalworker created a thumb bell out of thin steel, which became wildly popular. The phrase became slurred into the word “thimble.”


Source: Don Wulffson, The Kid Who Invented the Popsicle, page 98

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