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Wed. Word Wisdom – Hand

Wednesday Word Wisdom with Carolyn Stearns Storyteller

Hand; it’s not what you think it is really so much more. As an equine reference point it is a fun word to define.

Hand:

  a unit of length measurement equalling four inches, used for measuring the height of horses, usually from the front hoof to the withers

and I know you were thinking of the appendage at the end of your arm and it’s close because before standard measuring tools the hand was the standard term used to measure a horse.

Come back next week for a new Wednesday Word Wisdom. Bringing you the lesser known meanings of words or their origins in agriculture and history.

Previous Wednesday Word Wisdom entries:

http://carolynstearnsstoryteller.wp.wordpressmulti.com/wed-word-wisdom-ruminate/

http://carolynstearnsstoryteller.wp.wordpressmulti.com/wed-word-wisdom-sheepishly/