What Does “Not Worth the Snap of Your Fingers” Mean?

19-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Monday, April 27, 1914: Not worth the snap of your fingers.

Recent photo of house where Grandma grew up. I wonder if Grandma once planted seeds in the same flower beds.

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

Hmm. . . I don’t think I’ve ever heard that phrase. What does “not worth the snap of your finger” mean? Was Grandma feeling ill?. . depressed? . . . Was she bored? . . . Overworked?

13 Responses

  1. I have not heard that phrase before. Doesn’t sound positive that’s for sure.

  2. Interesting, especially as I find it very hard to snap my fingers!

  3. I know what it means, but how to explain? Basically it means that you don’t care about something. We often snap our fingers to draw attention to something. Maybe to get someone’s attention or to indicate that we see something that needs to be taken care of.

    Did your Mother ever snap her fingers to get your attention?

  4. I googled it and came up with: not give / care a snap of one’s fingers for, to regard with indifference; treat lightly. Also, not give / care a snap.

  5. Same thing my Mom used to say (very rarely), a phrase coined from her Papa: “Not worth a Continental damn!”. Now, I need to look THAT one up!

  6. Sounds like she was soooo fed up. Talk about worthless!

  7. What a great way of words!!!

  8. Grandma was angry at something she cared about that turned out to be not worth the snap of your fingers. I like the saying. I have never heard it before, but will put back into circulation! Now!

  9. She sounded pretty bored.

  10. Poor Helena–she needs a shake-up in her life, I think!

  11. I immediately thought of the modern (young person) and the snapping of the fingers to indicate disdain.
    Not worth the time to snap the fingers?

  12. Maybe the day wasn’t worth anything, even the snap of your fingers? Unusual saying for sure.

  13. Or maybe it was a suitor she didn’t much care about?

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