Left-handed ridicule

leftie graphBeing a leftie myself, I’ve long had to suffer the ridiculous and trite comments that people make when they see you’re left handed. 

So I can certainly relate to this graph which I stumbled across on Digg but, for me, the most frequent response I hear is:

“oh, so you’re a leftie/left-handed, then?”

To which I usually reply something like:

There’s no getting past you, is there?” or “only on Tuesdays and Thursdays” or something equally ridiculous.

I’ve never considered myself a fully-fledged leftie, though.  I write with my left hand, am a left handed sportsman (except when I try and pick a fight because the game didn’t go my way) but I’ve always used scissors in my right hand and a computer mouse.

Of course, this doesn’t make me ambidextrous – just a bit mixed-up and awkward, I guess.  As my music-come-cricket teacher used to describe me, “right handed musician, left handed bat". 

I wasn’t much use at either though.  Perhaps I should have swapped around!!

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  1. Wait... Are you left-handed?! :O

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  2. Andro, err, yes - I am!!! :-)

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  3. You're left handed?! :O my cousin is the only leftie out of all us cousins and I have to admit, we all take the mickey. She feels 'left' out lol.

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  4. I'd suggest mixing it up by responding to this by denying all connection to your left hand once in a while - even to the point of claiming you lost it in an childhood swing related accident if necessary, eg:

    "Are you left handed?"
    "No, I couldn't be, it's very sad"

    If this doesn't convince the questioner of the benefits of accepting the evidence of their own eyes nothing will.

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  5. LOL - good one. I knew someone as an undergrad who used that kind of tactic everytime someone cold-called him. It was particuarly funny when a phone company called trying to sell him a 'better deal' and he was adamant that he didn't have a phone, nor did he use one!! :D

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