thumbs up » thumps up

Classification: English

Spotted in the wild:

  • Two thumps up for a movie about two cowboys (link)
  • “Thumps up or down? Southern Comforter: Thumps up for trying. Carol de Blazer: Down, based just on looks. Up, based on my principle that people have the …” (link)

[Note added by Arnold Zwicky, 15 May 2006: Some of the attested examples are clearly just misspellings of “thumbs”: “This wonderful hitchhiking odyssey is all thumps up (or outstretched as the young boy would tell us).” (link) But among the many thousands of others are surely some in which “thumps” is intended to refer to either blows or noises made by thumping.]

| link | entered by Lee Rudolph, 2006/05/11 |

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