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."

2 comments:

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.