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Things right-handers do to annoy left-handers!

This idea came in from Barbara after reading our list of things left-handers do differently. She thought it would be a good idea to look at this from the other side and produce a list of things right-handers do that annoy us left-handers. We know they don't do them all deliberately so this is a bit tongue-in-cheek (but they are still annoying!). Barbara wanted to start of the list with “putting the clues for crossword puzzles on the left of the diagram” and we have put that first on this new page.

We have added a few more that come to mind to us and would love to have your suggestions as we think this could be quite a long list! Please scroll down and add you own ideas as comments.

  • Putting the clues to crosswords on the left side of the diagram
  • Designing forms and multiple choice papers with the answer boxes on the right so we cover the questions with our hand while trying to write the answers and have to keep taking it away to see.
  • Plugging in and positioning kettles and other kitchen equipment so they can only be used right-handed.
  • Turning the bread round the wrong way so that we have to reverse it to cut a slice off the left end (they also use silly knives that are serrated on the left side of the blade to make it difficult for us to cut straight slices, but there is a left-handed bread knife you can replace it with to annoy THEM!).
  • Designing magazines the wrong way round so that the front page news is actually on the back page (most left-handers flick through magazines using their left thumb, so starting from the “back”).
  • When they want something signed or filled in, they position the paper angled for right handed people.
  • I find it difficult to stack the dishwasher after my right-handed family members have started to do it. They fill it from the wrong side, so when I approach with dishes in left hand they are always the wrong way round for stacking. Or maybe its just me?!
  • Most ready made garment manufacturers have product designed for the convenience of RH people as the pocket is on left side. For ease & convenience of Left Handers, shirt pocket need to be on right side.
  • Home improvement store hedge trimmer. Has the air intake on the right side so when I hold it down by my left hip to use it, it smothers it and I have to restart it.
  • Right handers change the handles of your drills and right angle grinders to suit them but don’t change the handles back when they return them.
  • The thing that really annoys me is that the iphone swipes open from left to right and there is no option for changing it to right to left!
  • Even though they remove our empty glass from the left-side of our plate, waiters always replenish our drinks by putting glass back on the right side, so we have to cross our plate (and soil our dress sleeves) to get it. I once gave a waiter a hefty tip for recognizing I was left-handed and replacing my drink on the left-side where he had removed it from.
  • I am a Registered Dental Hygienist, you can not imagine the pain and agony that being left handed has caused me, trying to squeeze into the corner beside the left side of the dental chair instead of the Right. My number one pet peeve is that there are still colleges that train only RIGHT HANDED Hygienist. Lefty,   NO PROBLEM,   learn to be right handed or do not go to school there!! How asinine is that?
  • I recently gave up a basic adults carpentry course, as the vices on the tables were all set up for right handed people and to saw properly, I would have to climb on the table. Surely there are pupils at that school who are left handed and therefore at a great disadvantage?
  • Moving my mouse to the right side of the keyboard and not returning it to the left side.
  • Telling me there is something wrong with my scissors (I use a left-handed one).
  • Banks and other teller positions have the pen with chain on the right side, and lefthanded have to reposition ourselves to use the pen. Why not put a pen on the left side so we can use the pen.
  • Putting knives and forks etc away in a drawer with handles on the right hand side.
  • Food buffets with the trays and serving utensils angled conveniently for righties…..argh.
  • When someone tells me that I am doing something backwards” when I use my left hand! My husband is one of THOSE righties who tells me that and it really annoys me!
  • Going up to a ticket barrier on the train/underground. I always hold my ticket/oyster card in my left hand, so have to cross my arm over in front of myself to tap it on the barrier to my right. And I’ve seen left handed tourists who aren’t so familiar with the ticketing system try to put their ticket in the barrier to their left, and then wonder why they can’t get through!
  • I have to open all zippers with my right hand or it would feel weird if i used my left one.
  • When our deliveries show up, we have to sign the hand held scanner. The stilus is tethered on the top at the upper right side. Leaves me with much shorter length to sign.
  • I’ve noticed that medication is always packaged so that it’s more convenient for right-handers to extract. Every time I open a packet containing tablets, I open it from the left, where the medication is always blocked by the patient information leaflet, so you have to close up the packet and open it at the other end. I now always take out the medication as soon as I receive it, turn round the patient information leaflet and insert the medication from the left side. This saves the frustration of finding I can’t get at it each time I open the packet.
  • I refuse to buy a right-handed kettle, I can’t understand why the manufactures are so rich they are able to discriminate against such a large proportion of the market – if it were to do with ‘skin colour’ it would be against the law.
  • I hate camcorders you can not hold them as straps are all ways for right handers.
  • I was at a Jamie Oliver party recently and all the ladles on sale had the spout on the wrong side. Three of us out of 8 people at the party pointed out that the rep had potentially lost 3 sales … don’t know if these things get reported back to the company though.
  • Right handers ALWAYS make their checkmarks backwards! Notice the one at the top of this page, it is the correct way.
  • My right handed wife twists twist ties in the wrong direction, so if I want a slice of bread from a bag after she’s closed it, I end up tightening it.
  • Cups with patterns on one side – either inside or outside – printed so that left handers can’t see them.
  • Expecting you to take change from them with your right hand! ugh.
  • It’s the diagrams! All the ones that are showing you how to do things – knitting, crochet, calligraphy, putting flat packs together and anything else you might like to mention. Always for right-handers – don’t they realise how many of their audience are lefties?
  • I go to a dog training club where they insist the ‘right’ way to walk a dog is to have it on your right. I feel far more comfortable and in control walking him on my left, but am constantly being ‘corrected’ Aaaarrrrggghhh!!!!

Keep them coming! –   please add you own “annoyances” as comments below.

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343 comments on “Right Annoyances
  1. Jonathan says:

    When people say your belt is upside-down.

  2. Allie Selwood says:

    I have an electric chain saw which is designed for righties. I have to use it with my arms crossed! I’m sure that’s not safe

  3. Paul Mazan says:

    You cannot but a left handed sewing machine with the needle on the right and the controlS on the left.

    You cannot buy a left handed chainsaw nobody makes one. A righty is protected from “kickback” by the motor placement but a lefty has no protection.

    I’d like to just once buy a tape measure that I don’t have to read upside down

    Coffee makers that make it nearly impossible to pour water in on the left side

    The list on tools alone is endless. Dial calipers, micrometers, rulers, drill presses circular saws and almost all power tools up to and including Lathes and milling machines are all right handed and no left hand option is available.

  4. Pete Broxton says:

    Rifle eject ports are designed to send a spent cartridge safely away to the right of the shootist. A left hander gets the hot metal right in the face! Ow, ow, ow!!!

  5. Lewis says:

    As a right-handed person, I definitely have it easier, especially in kichens and around shop tools, but the commenters’ complaints about the ways cars are designed are unreasonable. I’ve never had a problem buckling my seatbelt on the passenger’s side of a car. I’ve never had a problem using the controls on the driver’s side door or the left side of the steering wheel, or for that matter, working the center console from the passenger’s seat. And remember that in the UK and Japan, everything is reversed. Are cars lefty-biased in countries that drive on the left?

    I’ve also never had any problems flushing toilets with my left hand, and I usually hold my phone in my left hand and have no problem unlocking it with my left thumb, swiping left to right. Also notice how the three most common letters in English, e, t, and a, are on the left-hand side of the keyboard, and the keyboard shortcuts for cut, copy, and paste are done with the left hand.

    Again, I’m not saying the world isn’t strongly righty-biased, but rather than relying on “crossing over” to make basic movements like pressing buttons or opening doors, and instead of complaining about the way your phone gestures work, why not develop some basic skills with your “wrong” right hand? And is it really hard to learn to swipe left to right with your left thumb? If I, a righty, has never had problems doing this with his “off hand”, I can’t believe it’s a difficult skill for a lefty to learn with his dominant hand. I’ve always thought learning to do things with the off hand was something lefties had more practice with anyway. Am I wrong about that?

  6. Nicole F says:

    Bras–I have to put mine on backwards to be able to hook it closed and then turn it around to put it on.

  7. AL says:

    Seat belts when you sit on the drivers side of the car.
    Arm wrestling
    Thumb wrestling
    Swiping your lock screen open
    Shaking hands with people
    Keyboards for computer

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