It’s 2:33 in the morning. I really should be asleep (though at this time I normally am not, but I digress). All I had wanted to do was to update the “About” page, hopefully type something funny/witty, then go to bed.
But it didn’t turn out that way. While updating the page, I thought I’d check out the Thesaurus at http://www.merriam-webster.com to see what they had to say about being left-handed…you know, pick up a few words to describe my freak-feature…like “southpaw” and err “left-handed” and…I guess that was it. And then this caught my eye:
1 lacking or showing a lack of nimbleness in using one’s hands <I’d rather have no help at all than have his left-handed “assistance”>
Now whassup with that. Lefties deserve a lot more respect than that.
I read on…
Synonyms awkward, butterfingered, cack-handed [British], graceless, ham-fisted, ham-handed, handless, heavy-handed, left-handed, maladroit, unhandy
Related Words uncoordinated; bunglesome, bungling, gauche, inept, inexpert, unskilled, unskillful
Near Antonyms expert, masterly, skilled, skillful; coordinated
Antonyms deft, dexterous (also dextrous), handy, sure-handed
That was a lot more insult than I could have taken for one evening. What is “cack-handed” anyway? Who knows what that means but it’s the words you don’t know that sound the most insulting (M-W: You mean you don’t even understand the meaning of that insult? Me: At least that is less moronic than saying the synonym of left-handed is left-handed, moron.)
So, the origins of this post laid out. Yes it took a bit of egging on, but this was precisely the reason why this blog was born. Since the days of King David (the Bible doesn’t say, but he seems like a lefty sort to me…he’s a songwriter for goodness’ sakes), lefties have suffered the tyranny of the majority in a world designed for people who work with the wrong hand. We have suffered inconvenience, been unappreciated, taken for granted, patronized, discriminated and some of us lefties don’t even have the slightest idea because it has been like this since the day we were born. Well, this is the place where you will come and feel the love, my sister/brother. This is the place where you will feel right at home.
End of impulse.