Happy Left Handers Day! That’s the style for the holiday mentioned in a newsletter I get from a company called Anything Left Handed, from the Left-Handers Club in the U.K. (Personally, I’d make it Left-handers’ Day, but that’s an editorial quibble.)
You can find the newsletter and other information at www.anythinglefthanded.co.uk.
Apart from awareness, with items decorated with “Embrace Your Smudge” and other, well, left-leaning slogans, it’s a comforting site (and sight) for those of us of the left-handed persuasion. Hmm… we have to persuade our right sides to do things; the left side is already convinced.
There’s nothing sinister about left-handedness anymore, but sinister (in Latin) used to mean the left side — even stage villains usually enter from stage left.
In French, the word for left is gauche — telling someone “How gauche!” about a mistake is saying “How left!” (How wrong… not necessarily left, just wrong!)
Meanwhile, if you’re adroit at something (in French or English), you’re “to the right.” It’s the same with the Latin dextrous, right.
So, does anything remain? Oh yes, I was going to make that “Have I left anything out?”
Have a correct sort of day… not right, just correct. They’re not the same thing to everyone.
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