Left Handers Club Newsletter – February 2011
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In this issue..
1. The advantages of being left-handed – Follow Up
2. Left-handed animals?
3. Lefty Book – The cartoon adventures of a frustrated left-hander
4. Left handed expressions
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Last month we published a list of the top 10 advantages of being left handed and we had a lot of feedback with more ideas…
Use the link below to see our full article with links to the various bits of research to back these up and a chance to add your own advantages and comments.
Recent research reported by Dr Calum Brown of Macquarie University in Australia showed that some species of parrot such as the sulphur-crested cockatoo were entirely left-handed while others, including the king parrot, were mainly right-handed. The majority of parrots, including the budgie, galah and rainbow lorikeet – are ambidextrous.
”This is probably the first time we see some kind of mechanism trying to explain how handedness came about in the first place,” Dr Brown said. ”It’s clearly linked to brain lateralisation. So the brain lateralisation determines eye lateralisation, which determines hand preferences.”
There have been lots of reports over the years about various animals showing hand preference and here is a brief summary:
If you come across any other reports on animals that are left-sided or disagree with any of those above, please
Lefthanders Reg Fahie and Joe MacDonald have put their lifetime of experiences into an entertaining book called “Lefty” that uses a cartoon character to show the challenges and frustrations facing left-handers in a right-handed world. They have done it in a light-hearted way and while us lefties will recognise all of the situations described in the book they will no doubt, as always, be a revelation to right-handers.
We are not sure all the situations they illustrate are relevant in all countries (some are related to driving on the right for example) and some of them are a bit far-fetched and ignore our ability to adapt and make the best of things, but they do point out a lot of little niggles and annoyances that only apply to us a lefthanders.
There are 74 pages of cartoons like these and each has an explanation for right-handers upside-down at the bottom. Reg has a supply of the hard-back books in Canada and has agreed to send them out direct to Left Handers Club members.
Even better, we have produced an Ebook version with all the pages enlarged to A4 size (210 x 297mm / 8.25 x 11.75 inches) so you can print them out and put your favourites on the wall to amuse fellow lefthanders and educate the righties. This digital version is much cheaper at only £4.95, has no delivery charge and is available now for immediate download.
You comment on this book and let us know which are your favourite cartoons by leaving a comment on the article here
The left side is often associated in language with awkwardness and clumsiness (because right-handers think left-handed people look awkward using the tools that they have specifically designed to make them backwards for us!). the Spanish expression “tener dos pies izquierdos“, In English, the expression “to have two left feet” refers to clumsiness in the domains of football or dancing.
A “left-handed compliment” is considered one that is unflattering or dismissive in meaning.
The Polish expression “mieÄ‡ dwie lewe rÄ™ce“, Dutch “twee linkerhanden hebben“, German “zwei linke HÃ¤nde haben“, the Bulgarian expression “dve levi ratse“, French “avoir deux mains gauches“, Hungarian kÃ©tbalkezes and Czech “MÃt obÄ› ruce levÃ©” all mean “to have two left hands” – that one is clumsy or is a very poor handyman.
The German idiom “mit dem linken FuÃŸ aufgestanden sein“, the Spanish expression “levantarse con el pie izquierdo“, the French expression “s’Ãªtre levÃ© du pied gauche“and the Hungarian expression “bal lÃ¡bbal kel fel” (literally, to have gotten up with the left foot) mean to have a bad day and do everything wrong or unsuccessfully, related to the English expression “to get up on the wrong side of the bed”.
The Welsh phrase “tu chwith allan” (left side out) refers to an object being inside-out. In Russian, the use of the term nalyevo means “on the left”, but can also connotate taking bribes or “sneaky” behavior. Balszerencse (lit. “left luck”) is Hungarian for “bad luck”.
If you have any more information on any of these sayings or know others from your country, please
That’s all for this month – we will be in touch again soon
Keith & Lauren
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