The last time I recall using the "pinky swear" was as a very young youngster... haven't even heard of it again during all these years.
It was just used if you were too chicken to take a blood oath. (hahaha...) No shaking hands, no final bets were made this way to my knowledge, at least not by the snooty people I played with.
In Korea, The story goes: A princess chooses her prince to be wed, when asked what finger she was holding out. She must find a Prince to unite Pinkys for their matrimony. After the Princess had gotten married with this prince, he later parted ways for war and he'd made a pinky promise for his return. On the 49th day after his disappearance, he came back, but only to realize he came back as a ghost. As the prince kept his promise, even after death.
To pinky swear is when two people entwine their pinky fingers—and then kiss the back of their hands most commonly of the same respective hands—to signify that a promise has been made. Traditionally, the pinky swear is considered binding and tantamount to a handshake in terms of sealing a deal. The pinky swear originally indicated that the person who breaks the promise must cut off their pinky finger.
In modern times, pinky swearing is a more informal way of sealing a promise. It is most common among school-age children and close friends. The pinky swear signifies a promise that cannot be broken or counteracted by the crossing of fingers, the "I take it back" or any other trickery
Unlikely. I'm English and I'd never even heard of it before I read this question.
It apparently originally meant that the person who broke the promise should chop off their finger in atonement.
It's kind of interesting that bicardi and gandalf's answer is exactly what is on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/pinky_swear... but neither of them has source. That's sort of plagerism.
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