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If dexterity with ones hands is called manual dexterity...

Asked by Drgrafenbergmd (387points) February 10th, 2010

If dexterity with ones hands is called manual dexterity, then what would one call dexterity with ones feet (foot?)?

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gailcalled's avatar

Pedical dexterity.

Grisaille's avatar

Automatic, baby.

filmfann's avatar

Twinkle toes?

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

“Riverdance!Lord of the Dance“or “Feet of Flames“or Micheal Flatfeetly…or maybe something else…lYes,I would call you “Something else’ if you are dextrous with your feet!lol!

gasman's avatar

Pedal dexterity. Used, for instance, here
Pedical is not a word.

dpworkin's avatar

Playing Footsie.

Trillian's avatar

I thought it was some fetish thing. Or would that be a footish thing?

DominicX's avatar

Yeah, what @gasman said, it would be “pedal dexterity”.

Basically, you take the stem of the Latin word for the thing and add ”-al” and you have a “fancy/scientific” English word.

“Foot” in Latin is “pes, pedis”. Ped + al = pedal.
“Hand” in Latin is “manus, manus”. Manu + al = manual.
“Arm” in Latin is “brachium, brachii”. Brachi + al = brachial.
“Head” in Latin is “caput, capitis”. Capit + al = capital. :P

Oral (os, oris), dental (dens, dentis), labial (labium, labii), nasal (nasus, nasi), etc.

gailcalled's avatar

@All; I made that up; it sounded reasonable. Cuticle, pedicle, manical, maniacal, digit—->digital,

janbb's avatar

I wanna have nasal dexterity!

Drgrafenbergmd's avatar

Ocular dexterity anyone? So, anyone have any other cool kinds of dexterity?

MagsRags's avatar

Hula dancers have gluteal dexterity.

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gailcalled's avatar

Belly dancers have navelal dexterity.

janbb's avatar

And sailors have naval dexterity.

gailcalled's avatar

@janbb: Umph-alos to you; or as Milo says, ”ομφαλός.”

In animals with four feet (are there any other kind), it’s called digital dexterity.

janbb's avatar

@gailcalled Milo is one amazingly erudite cat!

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