The Bias Against Left-Handed People Is Ancient

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.


from Stuff Mom Never Told You - HowStuffWorks

Key Facts In This Video

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    The word "left" comes from "lyft," which means broken. (0:37)

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    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)

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    Neurologists and psychoanalysts once believed children should be taught right-handedness, even if it meant tying the left hand behind the back. (1:49)

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