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Left-handers

10/03/2016

This blog usually focuses on historical and cultural subjects (mostly because I’m a historian) but I thought this BBC article along with the associated Radio 4 programme was fascinating. So we’re straying into science, but with a historical context – I didn’t know that the word ‘left’ comes from the Anglo-Saxon word ‘lyft’, meaning ‘weak’, while of course ‘sinister’, the Latin word for left-handed, has come to have very negative connotations.

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20160930-the-mystery-of-why-left-handers-are-so-much-rarer

 

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