[LMB] OT: Right vs Sinister, was How Did You Learn to Read?

Howard Brazee howard at brazee.net
Tue Oct 17 14:51:11 BST 2017



> On Oct 17, 2017, at 7:45 AM, Sylvia McIvers <sylviamcivers at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
>> What’s interesting is that the different meanings translate into other
>> languages such as Spanish.   I take it that’s because of a bias that
>> right-handed is good.  Bastards were bar-sinister.
>> --
>> 
>> 
> If you consider that in latin, R vs L = Dexter vs Sinister, you know the
> bias goes very far back.

While I believe your conclusion - the argument doesn’t work.   It doesn’t show that the modern connotations of those words existed back then.


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