The Phrase “Rule of Thumb” Is Actually About Domestic Violence?
Here’s a random fact: The phrase “rule of thumb” actually has its roots in domestic violence. Back in Scotland in the 1800s, men could legally solve arguments with their wives by beating them with sticks that were the same width as their thumbs. Thankfully, the beatings ended, but using “rule of thumb” to describe a solution to a problem stuck. Wow.