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Left handed myths and misunderstandings

It is NOT a myth that left-handers have trouble with all sorts of everyday articles and tools. Have a look at our range of fully left-handed items to see how we can help solve the problems.

 

Left-handers do tend to do badly whenever there is any talk of superstition or things that cannot be understood.

Folklore and Superstitions
Superstitions that are IN FAVOUR of Lefties
Social behaviour
Religion
Animals
Trivia

Folklore and Superstitions

For thousands of years, the Devil has been associated with the left hand in various ways and is normally portrayed as being left-handed in pictures and other images. In the seventeenth century it was thought that the Devil baptised his followers with his left-hand and there are many references in superstitions to the “left-hand side” being associated with evil. As an example, in France it was held that witches greet Satan “avec le bras gauche” or with the left hand. It is also considered that we can only see ghosts if we look over our left shoulder and that the Devil watches us over the left shoulder.

  • Evil spirits lurk over the left shoulder – throw salt over this shoulder to ward them off. In Roman times, salt was a very valuable commodity, giving rise to the word “salary” and was considered a form of money at the time. If salt was spilled, that was considered very bad luck, that could only be avoided by throwing some of the spilled salt over your left shoulder to placate the devil.
  • Joan of Arc (burned at the stake in 1431 for being a heretic and a witch) was not necessarily left-handed, she may have been depicted in this way to make her seem evil.
  • Getting out of bed with the left foot first means that you will have a bad day and be bad tempered . i.e. getting out of bed the wrong side.
  • A ringing in the right ear means that someone is praising you. In the left ear it means that someone is cursing or maligning you.
  • An itchy right palm means that you will receive money. An itchy left palm means you will have to give money.
  • Wedding rings worn on the third finger of the left hand originated with the Greeks and Romans, who wore them to fend of evil associated with the left-hand
  • The Romans originally considered the left to be the lucky side and used for augury. However, they later changed back to the Greek methods and favoured the right-hand side.
  • The right hand often symbolises ‘male’ while the left hand is ‘female’.
  • If you hear the sound of a cuckoo from the right it will be a lucky year. If the sound comes from the left it will be unlucky.
  • The Meru people of Kenya believed that the left-hand of their holy man has such evil power that he had to keep it hidden for the safety of others.
  • If your right eye twitches you will see a friend, if it’s your left eye that twitches you’ll see an enemy.
  • When dressmaking it’s believed to be bad luck to sew the left-hand sleeve onto a garment before the right sleeve.
  • When leaving to go on a journey, if your right foot itches you’re bound to have a good journey. If your left foot itches it will end in sorrow.
  • It is thought to be bad luck to pass a drink to another person with your left-hand or anti-clockwise around a table.

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Superstitions that are IN FAVOUR of Lefties

  • Anyone who digs coal out of the ground from under his or her left foot in the Spring will have very good luck.
  • If you apply an ointment with the forefinger of the right hand the sore will not heal. This is because this finger is said to be the ‘poison’ finger.
  • The ancient Zuni tribe considered left-handedness a sign of good luck. They believed the left was the older and wiser

Social behaviour

  • Passing or pouring wine with the left hand leads to bad luck.
  • A left-handed toast is tantamount to a curse on the victim.
  • Driving on the left – started so that horse riders could use their whips in the right-hand to fend off other road users – see more about this

Religion

  • Christianity is strongly based towards the right hand. It is the right had that gives the blessing and make the sign of the cross.
  • On one count, the bible contains over 100 favourable reference to the right-hand and 25 unfavourable references to the left-hand. E.g.: The right hand of the lord doeth valiantly, the right hand of the lord is exalted (Psalm 118 vv15,16)
  • The left hand does worst in the parable of the sheep and goats. The sheep are set on Christ’s right hand and the goats on the left. Those on the right inherit the kingdom of god while those on the left depart into everlasting fire (to quote Matthew 25: verse 41: Then he will say unto those on the left hand, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.”)
  • The situation is much the same in Judaism and Islam. In Islam, the left hand and everything associated with it is seen as unclean. This stems from the Middle Eastern custom of using the left-hand and water instead of toilet paper and, more recently, of using the left handed to hold toilet paper for the same function.   This is the origin of the term “cack-handed

Animals

  • We have had a report that the majority of parrots are left-footed – does any one know anything about this or any other animal left-handed facts?
  • There is also a report of polar bears being left-handed, but we need to get more information.

Trivia

  • Officials in Mensa, the high IQ society believe as many as 20% of their members are left-handed.
  • The first recorded Siamese twins born in 1811 were joined at the waist. Their names? Chang and Eng, which simply meant ‘Left and Right’
  • The figurehead on the Cutty Sark is a left-handed witch.
  • Studies have shown that left-handers are more likely to have allergies than right-handers – aahtishoooo!!
  • Most left-handers, when drawing figures face them to the right.

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333 comments on “Left Handed Myths
  1. Eva-Maria Lidl says:

    As I said, I’m left handed and as we all know in our days, it is which half of the brain is leading the dominant side. And – what the hell does it matter with which Hand I write or do Things ??? Is ist not “as Long as I “can” do my stuff is all that matters ???? I read so many articles about left or right. One of them was that “left handed People are very artistic, creative aso !!!! Like I said, what does it matter ???? I could do everything I ever had or wanted to, just often had to rethink, because I had to turn Things over as they were often “arse about face” as the saying goes! Does that make sense to everyone ???? Well, to my mind it should! All the best to all the left- and right handers !!!!

  2. K. Davis says:

    I came across this website after Googling ‘left-hand’. I am glad I selected this website because the information is fascinating. I am 63 years old and right-handed, but remember that my mother would make my younger brother at 3 years old and left-handed, write with his right hand.

    Also, in the same vein as above, my wife was originally left-handed, but forced right-handed by her mother. I did not know this after 25 years of marriage until she injured her left hand and was unable to wipe herself cleanly after using the toilet. It was something she was used to doing. Evidently, her mother was not in the bathroom to force her to use her right hand and she continued using her left hand.

    Please reply if you have left handed stories.

    Thank You.

  3. Allison Parks says:

    Most lefties end up with no problems with anything. Like myself, all lefties have to adapt to a right handed world and become ambidextrous,making us more highly adaptable than right handed people.

    • Eva-Maria Lidl says:

      That is true, I – being left handed and beaten like hell – could not be persuaded to write with the right Hand. However, I could – should I have to, write with the right Hand better then most right handed People with the left. My writing with the left Hand was and obviously still is – more fluent, because it just simply is – for me – naturally. As I said – what does it matter – as Long as one can write ????

  4. Trinity says:

    I’m left handed and NONE of these things are true being left handed is a stuggle because Doors and Cars are meant fo FIGHT HANDED PEOPLE! I’m just a little girl and people tease me for being left handed! so think again on those facts coming from a left-handed girl.
    Love, Your very stuggled left handed friend Trinity

    • Eva-Maria Lidl says:

      Yes, on occasions it is a struggle – I’m an elderly Person now, but do write with the Hand which Comes naturally to you. One always finds a way to adjust Things. Believe me, I do know. In later years, my husband was left handed as well and our daughter is right handed. She always said “in our house is everything the wrong way round”, but we managed very well indeed with no complications what so ever. But having been beaten up at scholl from the teachers and beeing looked up under the stairs because of my left handedness, that did lieave a mark on my Soul.

  5. Maria says:

    I’m a left handed person but no one ever notices it because I don’t write like the average left hander.
    My handwriting is awesome so I have been told and yes I would have to say very understandable
    I love drawing so to a certain point I know I have some artistic in me. And another thing I found out is that everything grows faster on my left side, my hair, my nail.
    I personally think lefthanded people are smart.

    • Eva-Maria Lidl says:

      And do cary on thinking that way, whatever is good for you. I have a slight artistic tendency – and as I Keep saying – when it Comes naturally then it must be right.

  6. Johnny Johnson says:

    You know, I kind of feel offended by this shit

  7. Dieter says:

    Let me tell you about research that I have been doing on lefties for the last 30 years …
    1. Being left-handed / right-handed has nothing to do with being evil or good. I found that it is linked to the age of the mother when the child is born. My studies have shown that an 18-year old mother has a 15% chance to have a lefty, and a 28-year old birth will have a 15% chance of producing a right-handed child, with the cross-over happening in between.
    2. When you start a conversation with lefties regarding them being a lefty, most respond with “because I’m smart” or something similar. This is mostly correct because in most cases the mother was more mature when they were born, and couldn’t be bothered about talking moo-moo or listening to cr^ppy music. They have more sophisticated taste in food, music, language, etc than the younger mothers, which is automatically picked up by the toddler. This sophistication spills over in the lefty’s interest fields, and they often choose a creative career instead of a structured career, e.g. Art, Accounting instead of Engineering.
    3. The number of lefthanders is increasing, because the new generation tend to get their careers underway and become mothers at a later age, resulting in more lefties being born. Yet the world is not changing the ergonomics of items to suit the lefties. A good example is the layout of a camera. Although many professional photographers are left-handed, the controls are still on the right side of the camera. Missed business opportunities by Canon, etc??
    These are just some of my observations over many years …..

  8. Dino Belle says:

    That explained why all this year’s I had a hard time tiding shoe’s and using scissor. I have the good and bad for lefty I use my left side for everything I do, except writing. very few things I use with my right hand is very difficult to so. I’ve been told my brain is functioning in both ways.

  9. Deej says:

    Being left handed sucks if you’re in school. Why? Here’s why: You get ink/pencil on the side of your hand, 3 RONG BINDERS (the worst enemy of all), right handed desks (which should be burned by the lefties as vengeance for mistreatment), and playing sports. And for a fact, I write far neater, faster and more precise, than any of my righty friends. (I honestly can’t read their handwriting it sucks so bad.) and they say my handwriting sucks because they know it’s better.

    Lefty gang or GTFO!!!

    • Ke'Nijah Kyles says:

      I absolutely hate the 3 ring binders. I also hate when the does get on the side of my hand. It’s very frustrating. But I can write faster and neater than my right handed friends. It doesn’t seem right that we left handed people don’t have as much stuff to help us as the right handed people. Yeah they have left handed pens but is that all?

    • Trinity says:

      You got that right when your in school everyone looks at you like a freak! Every time i;m writing or drawing everyone asks me “Oh my god! your left-handed” and that really hurts my feelings because not everyone in the world is left-handed

    • Samantha says:

      I had it really bad off because I’m left handed and I had a teacher that was catholic so she tried to force me to be right handed. I was the only one in that class that was left handed so I felt like an outsider and so alone. I didn’t have friends for the first four years of school because I was singled out like that. I was even told that I was going to hell because I had the devil inside me. All of this because I’m left handed. I didn’t let it get to me though and it has made me a stronger person in the end. Now I’m officially ambidextrous like my uncle and I’m proud of that.

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