Being a leftie is mostly awesome, especially since there's only ten percent of us. There are some drawbacks though (scissors, obviously, and power tools...amazingly, I still have all my fingers). Apparently lefties are more prone to mental illness, which explains a lot. Ladles, saucepans and other kitchen paraphernalia can be a problem if they aren't double-sided. Three-ring binders, spiral notebooks, real ink pens were created for a right-handed world. Finding a left-handed desk at school was a sadistic version of Musical Chairs; promptness was rewarded! Here are more onerous lefty-hating scenarios. And, unfortunately, there are several verbal negatives derived from left/right references. If you're adroit (droit is 'right' in French), you're skillful; if you're gauche ('left' in French).....well, let's just say I don't want you at my dinner table. Sinister and dexterous are two other examples.....guess which one is a derivative of left? Ever been......given a left-handed compliment? Accused of dancing with two left feet? Felt left out? Eaten left-overs?
No big surprise, since the Old English definition means "idle" or "weak" -- not very complimentary, huh? In fact, according to Anything Left Handed, most countries' word for left-handed include definitions like sneaky, mistrustful, out of place, unfaithful.....the list goes on.
But as a rebel, I suppose it's only natural I'd be a lefty (maybe that's bass-ackwards?). in spite of the challenges and verbal assaults, being left-handed rocks! First and foremost, we tend to use the right side of our brains: imagination, creativity and emotion. Therefore, as the joke goes, we are the only ones in our right minds. We are the artists, the musicians, the actors and astronauts, the poets and presidents. Not too shabby! And my tennis serve has a killer topspin.
Have you dealt with Sinistrophobia (fear of left-handed people or things on the left side)? Are you fortunate enough to even know any southpaws?
Have you been there?