Who came up with the expression, "Stick out like a sore thumb," like has anyone ever honestly noticed someone's sore thumb, amirite?

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The expression isn't about noticing a thumb because it's sore, it's worded like that because you wouldn't be as likely to bend a sore thumb, so it sticks straight out. It's a play on words.

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Whenever I hear that saying, I always pictures a cartoon characters thumb after being hit by something. Where the character is running around and their thumb is huge, red and pulsing...

Anonymous +9Reply

i had a sore thumb.... no one noticed :(

hannabananass avatar hannabananas Yeah You Are +7Reply

Or it could be talking about the way you notice it a lot when youre the one with the sore thumb

Maybe over the years it got twisted like a chinese whisper? Sticks out like a sore bum in an under 12's church choir was the original.

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