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

  1. 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?

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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?

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