Left handed is sinful
Posted by Sue on October 29, 1997 at 03:08:54:
In response to Still more lefty persecution, written by Ann H on September 30, 1997 at 09:38:48
The orginal post is not on the list any more, so I may be off topic a bit. In the 18/19 and early 20C to be left handed was simply not acceptable. It is no co-incidence that sinister=left.
In the past, including the Regency, to be left handed was evidence of : illegitimacy, closeness to the devil, or simply being non standard. It is difficult to write "correct" copperplate with a steel nib with your left hand - the ups and downs are wrong. Therefore, parents and school teachers saw every jusiification in correcting this undesirable characteristic. Really quite horrible.
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