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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

How Gauche

In French, left is gauche, and right is droit. Thus, we get the words for clumsy or crude and adroit for skilled or dexterous. Being left-handed was historically a sign of something amiss. The word sinister also comes from Latin for "on the left side" and considered to be unlucky.

Today, it was just funny.

At handbell practice, Lew was pulling spare gloves (worn to protect the bells from scratches) from the pockets in the table covers. He kept finding left hand ones.

Interesting. Is there something about the way most of us play the bells that makes the right glove wear out sooner? Since most people are right handed, do we ring the bells harder with that hand and cause more stress on the gloves?

left hand gloves

Then I really had to laugh when the director brought out a box of other pairs of gloves, and there was a whole bag, labeled even, of left hand gloves with no mates! Um... if the right ones mostly wear out, there's not much point in keeping all the left ones, eh?

left hand gloves

In other news: I worked on the book in the morning, then got ready for writers' group, had bell practice and writers' group. Busy day.

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1 comment:

Ann said...

LOL, I wonder if there's a market for left handed gloves. Or maybe you could find a place that only sells right handed gloves.

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