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    #11

    Re: left hand vs right hand

    Quote Originally Posted by MartinEnglish View Post
    Yes, you're right Keannu, there is a long tradition of all things left-sided being seen as evil/wrong/bad luck etc.
    This was true in the past, but that does not mean that it is true for many people today in the UK or USA.
    The word "sinister", for example, comes from the Latin for "left" and "unlucky".
    Indeed, but not many people know that today.

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    #12

    Re: left hand vs right hand

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    This was true in the past, but that does not mean that it is true for many people today in the UK or USA.
    Nice to know it. So, there's nothing wrong in having two left feet, paying sb a left-handed compliment or just being in left field.

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    Re: left hand vs right hand

    Quote Originally Posted by Esgaleth View Post
    Nice to know it. So, there's nothing wrong in having two left feet, paying sb a left-handed compliment or just being in left field.
    I was referring to:
    a long tradition of all things left-sided being seen as evil/wrong/bad luck
    - my emphasis added.

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    #14

    Re: left hand vs right hand

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    Quote Originally Posted by MartinEnglish View Post
    Your point being?
    My guess is MartinEnglish wants to say that "...a few cultures ..." rather belittles the scale of the phenomenon. Seeing how this double meaning of "right" straddles the globe, I wouldn't be that surprised if it proved to be case in ... ALL languages.

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    Re: left hand vs right hand

    Quote Originally Posted by JarekSteliga View Post
    Seeing how this double meaning of "right" straddles the globe, I wouldn't be that surprised if it proved to be case in ... ALL languages.
    I would.

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    #16

    Re: left hand vs right hand

    I think if the same thing is found in parts of Europe, Asia, and the Americas, there are more than a few robins. While this bias is no longer displayed, it wasn't that long ago that it was still prevalent. I have friends only a few years older than I am who went to Catholic school and were forced to write with their right hand. Nowadays, people who are left-handed are often seen as more creative, thanks to what we've learned about right-brain and left-brain tendencies.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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