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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
adjective: Given to stealing.
From stick (to fasten or attach), from Old English stician (to pierce) + finger, from Old English. Earliest documented use: 1855.
Lime is another word for something sticky or slimy. Birdlime is used to catch birds. From lime we got the term lime-fingered, alluding to someone whose fingers easily adhere to stuff belonging to others, in other words, someone prone to stealing. Eventually the terms sticky-handed and sticky-fingered entered the language. Sometimes the metaphors and reality collide, as in these headlines:
Let’s hope someone fingered the thieves.
“Rare book thefts occur all the time. ... Some sticky-fingered collectors covet them simply to add luster to their shelves.”
Marc Wortman and Christopher Sotomayor; The Case Of The Purloined Books; Vanity Fair (New York); Apr 2021.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:A proverb is a short sentence based on long experience. -Miguel de Cervantes, novelist (29 Sep 1547-1616)