petit juif

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Etymology[edit]

From petit (small) + juif (jew). Allegedly the expression came from the time when most cloths merchants in France were Jewish, and would regularly hurt their arm on that spot against a bench while measuring fabric by wrapping it around an arm as an 'anthropomorphic' length measure, the aulne (compare ell)

Noun[edit]

petit juif m (plural petits juifs)

  1. funny bone

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