The Modernization of Emacs: terminology buffer and keybinding

Lew lew at
Mon Oct 8 07:11:04 CEST 2007

bbound at wrote:
> Don't both "man" and those words for measurement come ultimately from
> words for "hand" (similarly to words like "manual", as in labor)? Our
> clever hands with their opposable thumbs being considered a defining
> characteristic. And our tool use thus derived. Handspans also having
> been a common (if imprecise) early unit of measurement (along with
> forearm-spans, as in cubits, strides, and foot-length, from which the
> measurement in feet still derives its name).

For most humans, the length of their foot from heel to toe is nearly equal to 
the length of their forearm elbow to wrist.


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