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    Smile Why 'right' rather than 'left' in reference to 'correct'?

    Hello!

    I am wondering why the word of 'right' refers to 'correct' rather than 'left' in English.

    e.g. Am I right? (But why not say 'Am I left')

    I hope my question is not odd. Thanks in advance!


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    Re: Why 'right' rather than 'left' in reference to 'correct'?

    "Right" has a number of meanings, of which "correct" is one. You will have to study the derivations to see how the word gets its meaning: Online Etymology Dictionary.

    Essentially it is a leftist [politically incorrect] term since in past times a person who was left-handed was regarded as in some way morally undesirable

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    Smile Re: Why 'right' rather than 'left' in reference to 'correct'?

    Hi Anglika,

    You're always very helpful. Thank you!

    Cheers!

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