Now and then, an e-mail newsletter brings an idea for a post. That's what happened on Thursday when I got the latest from The Left-Handers Club in the U.K. (www.anythinglefthanded.co.uk.) It contained a reminder that today, Aug. 13, is Left Handers Day.
(Sorry, fellow grammar mavens, but they put a hyphen in the club's name and not in the day. Sigh!)
Here are some of the reasons to support your local left-hander (such as your faithful correspondent):
-- We "lefties" are commonly considered more creative. Of course, we need to be, in order to figure out doing things backwards.
-- We are more likely to have accidents. Well, next time you see something built for a leftie, try using it backwards... then you'll understand.
-- Many of the world's fine artists are left-handed (or were, even in times when the Latin term "sinister" for left kept us under wraps).
-- Fellow lefties, do you find yourself startled to notice someone's handedness? I rarely notice someone's handedness myself, because I see so many righties that it looks usual, but I see lefties as normal.
-- Do you really need to keep using "right" to equal "correct" every time? I need to give directions a lot in my work, and I find it much easier to describe a turn as left or right and a proper answer as correct. If you're telling someone to turn left and they double-check your directions, it becomes "Left?" "Right!" "Oh, sorry, I thought you said left," and so on. "Correct" saves time.
So whichever hand you favor, have a happy day, all right?
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