Saturday, April 4, 2015

D is for Dactylonomy

Do I dare offer another word for my distinguished audience?  Well, yes, I suppose I do.  Otherwise my presence here would be pointless.

Today's word is: DACTYLONOMY

Dactylonomy is defined as the art of counting on your fingers.

Reasons to know this word:
-If you're ashamed of your profession or just feeling like messing with people, you can tell them you're a skilled dactylonomist, then act coy when they ask for details.
-If you have kids and someone else is bragging about how good their kid is at everything, tell them yours has mastered dactylonomy.  Yes, it's not the most impressive feat, but it sure sounds like it might be to those who don't know better.
-The word just sounds awesome!  Who wouldn't want to use it?


  1. Yes, I heard of the 'dactyl' part of the word before. Great word, I like your second suggestion too!
    Dan Brown A-Z

  2. LOL. I would so use it. Especially with a kid!

  3. I like it! Thanks for sharing. I'm # 1398 on the list, by the way (I guess I'm supposed to note that in comments ~grin~).

  4. Problem I have that everything adds and subtracts to ten or less... Welcome in the letter "D"... thank you!
    Jeremy [Retro]
    AtoZ Challenge Co-Host [2015]

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  5. I so need to use this word whenever I'm doing math. I'm horrible at math, and at 33 years old, still use my fingers. Saying I'm employing dactylonomy will make me sound smart at math. ;)

    ~Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
    Member of C. Lee's Muffin Commando Squad
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    Patricia Lynne, Indie Author

  6. Another fun word. I'm a skilled dactylonomist. :)

  7. I'm going to learn to say this one, so when I explain what I'm doing it will sound intelligent.

  8. Handy word.



  9. I agree the word sounds totally awesome! Also, it looks great in my mind's eye (I have synesthesia so see letters in color). And yeah, I'm a skilled dactylonomist. #AtoZChallenge

  10. I had no idea that counting on your fingers was an art.

  11. I need to start using this word; I'm really bad at maths, so I really am skilled at dactylonomy.

  12. I'm really good at dactylonomy. Love the word and love your theme. Can't wait for the next word.
    Dropping by from the AtoZ
    Suzy at Someday Somewhere

  13. I can't help imagining a pterodactyl with professor glasses and a tie when I see this word.

    Alex Hurst, A Fantasy Author in Kyoto
    A-Z Blogging in April Participant

  14. Dactylonomy is useful when doing math with a second grader.

  15. "Dactyl" what .. chew... "Dactylonomy"

    I would terrorize my boss by using this word tomorrow. She would be embarrassed. heheheGhee!!!

  16. It could also be a could retirement profession for a proctologist. :-)

  17. Excellent word. I have kids who surreptitiously use dactylonomy.