The truth about Pinky Swear
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The truth about Pinky Swear

Troyka Lunar

August 6, 2021

  • Pinky Swear

    One of the things that bind people together is the promises and goals that they share. At some point in your life, you might have sworn a pinky promise to someone significant to you.

    How do you do pinky a swear?

    Before making a promise, the parties involved will interlock their pinky fingers. This is a symbol of sealing a deal between them. Some people even improvised it by having their thumbs meet while doing the pinky swear. Overall, it symbolizes the commitment to a promise; A secret that you should keep within yourself or something you vow to do in the future.

    Pinky swears are cute gestures that you use to make a pact with someone very close to you. But do you know the origin and the real sense of doing a pinky swear?

    According to Entertainment Times, the act of pinky swear originated in Japan. Pinky swear is also known as “yubikiri,” which means “finger cut off.” They said that if a person breaks a pinky promise, his finger will be cut. Then, that person will offer his finger to the one he wronged.

    Aside from that, prostitutes used their pinkies in the mid-1800s as a symbol of their devotion. They cut off the tips of their pinky fingers and offer it to their customers to imply how deep their affection for them is.

    Furthermore, pinky swears emerged in America in the 1860s when Bartlett’s Dictionary of Americanisms mentioned it with a promise: “Pinky, pinky, bow-bell. Whoever tells a lie will sink down to a bad place and never rise up again.”

    Well, would you rather lose a finger or just never rise up again? That’s one difficult question!

    Good thing that in modern times, the use of pinky swears progressed into something less frightening. If not, a pinky swear became a fun and cute thing to do despite its unfortunate origin. Otherwise, numerous pinky fingers will come out every day just because one did not remain faithful to a promise to another person.

    Bottom line, whether we still practice the cutting of finger tradition or not, there is only one right thing to do. If a person trusted you with something that is supposed to remain a secret, please take the responsibility to keep it as it is. If you have made a pact with a person, please do your part of keeping your word. Otherwise, do not let a person hold on to your promises if you have no intentions of honoring them. Keep your promises like it’s as if breaking them would result in a finger cut off.

    You wouldn’t want to lose a finger and not be able to do a pinky swear for the rest of your life, right?


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