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    David Beckham's right/left foot

    In the movie "Love Actually", the Prime Minister (Hugh Grant) said in a press conference: We may be a small country but we're a great one too. A country of Shakespeare, Churchill, the Beatles, Sean Connery, Harry Potter, David Beckham's right foot - David Beckham's left foot, come to that.

    I don't understand this part: "David Beckham's right foot - David Beckham's left foot, come to that". Could someone explain? Thanks.


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    Re: David Beckham's right/left foot

    I reckon that it is because he implies that Beckham is left-handed, that´s why he says ¨come to that¨meaning ¨in fact¨


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    Re: David Beckham's right/left foot

    Quote Originally Posted by ckcgordon View Post
    In the movie "Love Actually", the Prime Minister (Hugh Grant) said in a press conference: We may be a small country but we're a great one too. A country of Shakespeare, Churchill, the Beatles, Sean Connery, Harry Potter, David Beckham's right foot - David Beckham's left foot, come to that.

    I don't understand this part: "David Beckham's right foot - David Beckham's left foot, come to that". Could someone explain? Thanks.
    As a footballer, both of David Beckham's feet are valuable.

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    Re: David Beckham's right/left foot

    Beckham usually plays on the right wing. He takes spot kicks (free kicks, penalties, corner kicks) with his right foot. But when he does so, he's standing on his left foot'. The '...come to that' addition is just an admission that it's silly to concentrate on just one foot in the case of a footballer, as Anglika has said.


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    Re: David Beckham's right/left foot

    hi,

    So, how do we call a player who plays with his/her left foot??? I mean as an adjective??? left-foot??? or we simply say left-handed??

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    Re: David Beckham's right/left foot

    Quite logical really: "left-footed". But whereas there is one word that means "equally good at playing with either the right or the left hand" - ambidextrous - football commentators have to use expressions like 'he can play with either foot' or 'he's naturally two-footed'. (There are a few Google hits for 'ambipedal', but I've never heard a football commentator use it.)

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    Last edited by BobK; 22-Aug-2007 at 16:32. Reason: Fixed typo

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    Re: David Beckham's right/left foot

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Quite logical really: "left-footed". But whereas there is one word that means "equally good at playing with either the right or the left hand" - ambidexterous - football commentators have to use expressions like 'he can play with either foot' or 'he's naturally two-footed'. (There are a few Google hits for 'ambipedal', but I've never heard a football commentator use it.)

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    Ok Thanks a lot.

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    Re: David Beckham's right/left foot

    Quote Originally Posted by Mad-ox View Post
    Ok Thanks a lot.

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    Note the typo I fixed:ambidextrous (only one e). My second e came from the Latin for right hand (dexter) - which is why I'm not a fan of the word 'ambipedal' (which looks like a back-formation from the dubious word - new to me, though known to Google - ambimanual).

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    On reflection, I suppose ambimanual is the Politically Correct version of ambidextrous, avoiding the implication that right-handedness is somehow better.

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    Re: David Beckham's right/left foot

    Thank you, bradaman, Anglika, Bobk and Mad-ox. Thanks for your replies.

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