Being a southpaw

In American English, left-handed people are called southpaws. Find out why here.

This article from the BBC (“The mystery of why left-handers are so much rarer”) tells us about the history of left-handedness, including some rather surprising statistics and the fact that the origin of the word “left” means “weak”.  Statistics are different for people who are “left-eared” and “left-eyed”.

I’ve heard that in the past in Japan, children born left-handed were taught to become right-handed because of a social stigma or some superstition associated with lefthandedness. That doesn’t seem to be true anymore — I know lots of students who are left-handed.

You could also find out more about the symbolism of left/right in politics as a mini-research project.


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