My Spanish word for today is el jeme. It is the distance between the end of the thumb and the end of the index finger when extended. Old fashioned and arbitrary, yes, but it is a measurement that is sometimes used in the countryside nowadays.
El jeme es la distancia que hay desde la extremedad del dedo pulgar a la de índice, separado uno de otro todo es posible.
In Honduras, el jeme is a measurement of length that is used when talking about plants, and is equivalent to 12 centimeters, or about 4 inches.
I’ll bet you didn’t know that the distance between your thumb and forefinger had a name. Verne has an article in Spanish about 28 things that you either did not know had a name, or that you do not know the name for. The name of the article is: El olor de la lluvia de la tierra seca y 28 otras cosas que no sabías que tenían nombre. (Petricor is the Spanish word for what dry earth smells like after rain has fallen. In English it is petrichor – a pleasant smell that frequently accompnies the first rain after a long period of warm, dry weather.) A few examples of words that you will find in this article are: diastema – the space between your teeth; ginecomastia – manboobs; sangradura – the inner angle of the elbow; vitola – cigar band; and, giste – the foam on top of a glass of beer. This article is a lot of fun to read.
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