The Bias Against Left-Handed People Is Ancient
In 2013, Smithsonian Magazine published an article with the headline "Two-Thirds OF The World Still Hate Lefties." The reason such a harsh line is the fact that discrimination toward left-handed people has existed in countries and cultures around the world for thousands of years, and is even ingrained in some languages. The Anglo-saxon "lyft" means broken, the German "linkisch" means awkward, the Russian "levja" is associated with untrustworthiness, and synonyms for the Mandarin word are things like incorrect, wrong, and weird.
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Key Facts In This Video
The word "left" comes from "lyft," which means broken. (0:37)
A explanation for the discomfort with left-handedness may be that is deviates from the norm, seeing as 90% of people are righties. (1:04)
Neurologists and psychoanalysts once believed children should be taught right-handedness, even if it meant tying the left hand behind the back. (1:49)