Monday, May 11, 2009

Two Thumbs Up

What does the phrase "a thumbs up" mean? I did some haphazard Googling, and always found it written "a thumbs up," rather than "a thumb's up." However, it seems like giving a thumbs-up means only one thumb is up, so it should be a thumb-up. My theory is it should actually be a thumb's up, using up like a noun as he "The basketball player has mad ups."


ayclark said...

its probably the phenomenon (and im sure you know the linguistic term) where people put soft sounds after awkward mouth-shapes mb --> u is not easy.

or, could it derive from "one thumb is up" contractions?

Geoffrey b Zeiner said...

Why aren't you blogging anymore? This is more interesting than half the blogs I've seen so far.