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When I count on my fingers
My index finger is 1, thumb is 5 43%  43%  [ 6 ]
My thumb is 1, little finger is 5 57%  57%  [ 8 ]
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Posted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 2:38 pm 
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This is a really random subject for a thread, but I really am curious about it.

When you are counting something out on your fingers do any of you count the European way by starting with the thumb instead of the index finger?
I recently noticed that I do this, but I have no idea why. I know I haven't always, and there was never an intentional effort to start, it apparently just happened at some point.

Interestingly, this only extends to the act of sequential counting. If I am indicating a pre-calculated number I do it the usual way except for one case. I always indicate one by holding up my index finger, and always indicate two and four by using it. But if I am indicating three I'll use the regular three fingers half of the time and the other half for some reason use my thumb and first two fingers.

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Posted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 5:48 pm 
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I count both ways. Not sure which way I use more though (probably with my thumb as 1).

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Posted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 8:50 pm 
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I start with my thumb as well. It just feels more natural to do it that way, though perhaps that just means I was taught to do it at a young age and just don't remember.

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Posted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 9:42 pm 
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Now that I'm consciously thinking about it, I'm actually not 100% sure how I count with my hands. I think I do it both ways, but I'm not positive.

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Posted: Sat Feb 18, 2017 2:25 am 
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I start off with my ring finger, skip over to my thumb, index, pinkie, and lastly - the middle finger. Now I do like complicating things, and I play piano on the regular.
If I chose to be serious, I could confess that I too, start with my thumb finger, using the European method of counting. Possibly, the traditional 'thumbs up' gesture played a role in my sequential style as legend says when I was still an infant I always had my thumb sticking above the others.

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Posted: Sat Feb 18, 2017 12:30 pm 
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Woahhhhhhhh On my left hand I start with the first finger but if I need two hands I continue to the right hand starting with the thumb... And I just realized this. Yeah now I understand why I'm so bad at counting *facedesks*

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Posted: Tue Feb 21, 2017 9:23 pm 
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I start with my index finger most of the time. Sometimes I use my thumb first. I'm not sure if there is a reason for why I change.


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Posted: Fri Apr 14, 2017 3:51 pm 
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321tumbler wrote:
I start with my index finger most of the time. Sometimes I use my thumb first. I'm not sure if there is a reason for why I change.

Same!!!

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Posted: Wed Jun 07, 2017 11:11 am 
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I seem to count starting with my thumb; however, if I was to hold up one finger to show someone else, I would use my index finger.


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Posted: Thu Jun 08, 2017 1:00 pm 
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Index finger, always.

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Posted: Thu Jun 08, 2017 2:54 pm 
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I start with my middle finger. For some reason people get offended by that. :(

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Posted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 1:48 pm 
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jelly wrote:
I start with my middle finger. For some reason people get offended by that. :(

i am offended that they are offended

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