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it's cross-cultural and not specific to muslim countries.
We have a good Muslim friend whose little daughter is left-handed. It is causing huge problems with the elders in her family and community- as the left hand is the 'dirty' hand. They want to allow the little one to do what feels normal for her- but this is just not accepted by the older ones.
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Re: Left Handers

I am left handed but really only write with my left hand. I play Tennis, shake hands, eat, carry a bucket all in my right hand! I hold a pen in my left hand but write like a right handed person! I do not move my paper or write in a funny position! But I do have poor writing which is often a trait of left handedness.

I am one of four girls, three are blue eyed and left handed born to a mum who was left handed but with brown eyes and my dad is blue eyed and left handed too! My older sister must be the milk mans! If my mum lays the table for dinner she would lay it left handed and I would think nothing of it and it sit down and eat left handed but if I lay the table I would lay it right handed and get on fine too. I guess I am also ambedextrious!
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Re: Left Handers

One of the things about being a leftie is the weird bond I will also feel with someone, who I may know quite for a long time and, then, one day we sit down to eat and voila! we aren't bumping elbows at the dinner table - and we realize we are both lefties and I think to myself "oh that's why there's that connection!". (yeah, run on sentence, I know, but it's been that kind of day )

My husband is a leftie, too. But with 4 children do you think even one of them would be a leftie too? Rats! Only, my third is possibly left-footed, it appears. I was tempted to keep having more children until one of them was finally left-handed, but the sleep deprivation thing wore me down.
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Re: Left Handers

I cant believe the responses to this topic.....

When I grew up in 70's 80's UK, I knew I was odd but was never discouraged not to be a leftie, odd things are, I can play cricket left and right handed but can only bowl left handed (medium fast and a nasty very fast full toss), I'm very grateful to Bic for inventing the biro - I wouldn't be able to write if there wasn't one.

There is a perceived badness associated with being left handed, and I for one, would have ever contemplated fencing any a university sport if I didn't have an unfair advantage, although when you look at making people look silly, give a right hander left handed scissors and ask them to cut a circle.

We lefties are more likely to be involved in accidents and mishaps, but that is because we are the unrepresentive 10%, doors open the wrong way, cheque books arrgh!!!!, power tools, newpapers - books even!

When will the world realise that the left handers are the future!!!!!!
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There is a perceived badness associated with being left handed, and I for one, would have ever contemplated fencing any a university sport if I didn't have an unfair advantage, although when you look at making people look silly, give a right hander left handed scissors and ask them to cut a circle.
Does anyone remember the green-plastic coated handles of the lefty-scissors when they were in grade school? I do remember, as a right-handed person, being the last to get to the scissor-bucket and trying to use them. It was definitely quite a joke!
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I cant believe the responses to this topic.....
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When will the world realise that the left handers are the future!!!!!!
Where've you been hiding dude, the future's already here...
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Left handed myths and misunderstandings

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For thousands of years, the Devil has been associated with the left hand in various ways and is normally portrayed as being left-handed in pictures and other images. In the seventeenth century it was thought that the Devil baptised his followers with his left-hand and there are many references in superstitions to the “left-hand side” being associated with evil. As an example, in France it was held that witches greet Satan “avec le bras gauche” or with the left hand. It is also considered that we can only see ghosts if we look over our left shoulder and that the Devil watches us over the left shoulder.
I don't really believe any of this myths, everyone just does it their own way
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Re: Left Handers

I have one class of English learners here and all three are left handed, which makes me the odd one out!
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Old 20.06.2011, 08:09
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[QUOTE=isha;Not another one! First Ouchie now you too! (*runs away whistling*) [/QUOTE]

Yeh . . you`d better run . . . I have a long reach . . with my left arm
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We lefties are more likely to be involved in accidents and mishaps, but that is because we are the unrepresentive 10%, doors open the wrong way, cheque books . . .
I have a left handed cheque book . . NAT WEST Bank in the Uk do recognise us as a minority (but powerful) goup.
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Re: Left Handers

Well ONE muslim friend does not create a statistic which is valid for all muslims. Does it? My 2 year old daughter is left handed and I am muslim. It changed nothing for us or for my family. Frankly they think that she will be lucky in her future and will outsmart all of us . From the looks of what others have posted.. it might be true...

My causcasian in-laws are left handed (this is where we suspect my daughther gets if from) and they always mention the tough time they had growing up in the US as lefty's because they were constantly picked on.

It's a cross cultural thing. You'll find a range of opinions across the board every where you go.

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Re: Left Handers

my son is left-handed - we expect he inherited it from all 4 his grandparents as well as at least 2 great grandparents who were also all lefthanded - but with us it skipped the generation!

i'm always on the lookout for lefty pencils, pens and other stuff...interestingly all the lefties i know have a beautiful writing style...wish i could write like them!
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I'm a rightie but I enjoy using my left hand from time to time.


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Well ONE muslim friend does not create a statistic which is valid for all muslims. Does it? My 2 year old daughter is left handed and I am muslim. It changed nothing for us or for my family. Frankly they think that she will be lucky in her future and will outsmart all of us . From the looks of what others have posted.. it might be true...

My causcasian in-laws are left handed (this is where we suspect my daughther gets if from) and they always mention the tough time they had growing up in the US as lefty's because they were constantly picked on.

It's a cross cultural thing. You'll find a range of opinions across the board every where you go.
Indeed it is, and for some has/had nothing to do with religion. My primary school teacher back in Romania of '89 was convinced I would have a horrible hand writing, but in the end she had to accept that actually I could write better and nicer with my left hand. Back then left handedness was seen as an odd habit which could be "fixed", for the sake of the lefty.. nowadays people have more info....
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I'm a rightie but I enjoy using my left hand from time to time.


Because it feels like someone else is doing it?
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I cant believe the responses to this topic.....

When I grew up in 70's 80's UK, I knew I was odd but was never discouraged not to be a leftie, odd things are, I can play cricket left and right handed but can only bowl left handed (medium fast and a nasty very fast full toss), I'm very grateful to Bic for inventing the biro - I wouldn't be able to write if there wasn't one.

There is a perceived badness associated with being left handed, and I for one, would have ever contemplated fencing any a university sport if I didn't have an unfair advantage, although when you look at making people look silly, give a right hander left handed scissors and ask them to cut a circle.

We lefties are more likely to be involved in accidents and mishaps, but that is because we are the unrepresentive 10%, doors open the wrong way, cheque books arrgh!!!!, power tools, newpapers - books even!

When will the world realise that the left handers are the future!!!!!!
An old neighbour of mine in Soho did some time ago... (even the door's on the left hand side)

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Actually, if I try to write left-handed, I find it easier to write backwards
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drinking cider.. I like drinking cider, but you know what's even nicer ....cooking with cider.

I find there is nothing nicer than a bit of pork in 'cider.


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