Date: Fri, 7 Nov 1997 16:57:59 -0500 From: Rosemary Rummler Subject: Re: Rima's rule of thumb In my law school class on the history of Anglo-American law, I was taught that the wife-disciplining-rod or -strap story of the origin of the phrase "rule of thumb" is not true. Sorry, but we weren't offered any alternative explanation for the phrase. Rosemary Rougon Rummler, JD