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#35962 07/27/01 02:10 PM
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>What's the *fundamental difference between sinister and lævus?

perhaps sinister came to have a more... well... *sinister connotation, and they needed something more neutral.


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yeahbut. Where d'you find the left-handed potatoes?


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I am interested in left handed tools as a part of the interest of making thing for the users and not viceversa.
So , if you buy left handed scissors as a gift for a left handed friend, you are in fact adding in your culture and society a small seed of tolerance and respect for people as they are - and not as they "should" be.

And I would like to do this for my friends , but I have no idea about where to find them. Can anyone help me ?


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http://www.thelefthand.com/ is one example.

http://inex.itas.net/lefthanded/shop/home.asp is another.

A quick google on something like "left-handed tools" will surely throw out lots of good suggestions.

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Then, of course, there's the expression two left hands meaning clumsy...shouldn't a left-hander say "I've got two right hands?

BY says bi-handed

Us USn's are more apt to use one of those phrases from baseball, switch-hitter, for this. Which also brings us to the term (and big YART) southpaw which is entitled to a token appearance on this thread.

Fret discussions have me down right now, as I injured my fret hand at work and am unable to play the guitar properly...and it may not be temporary. I may have to relearn to play McCartney style...left-handed! Guess that'd be a chore after all these years...


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Down in Maine, they used to have an expression for chronically tardy people: they had three hands. The third was a little behind hand.


#35968 07/29/01 07:11 PM
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There is a "symbiotic" reason for strings to be thicker for lower tunings. A thicker string provides more surface area and therefore more raw sound (presence) as needed for a listener to hear tones as the same "volume" (even thought they are not). A thicker string also povides the necessary physics to compensate for the different tension that would be required to apply to strings to achieve different notes... usually more tension for a higher note... yet a thinner string requires less tension to achieve that note... so the tension across strings/bridges are (theoretically) equal. As for reality...well...

In countries that drive on the (left) opposite side of the raod as USn's do (on the right) are the operation pedals arranged opposite as well... making then from right to left... clutch-brake-gas? Are all cars alike. Where's our Ruby?


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BY says bi-handed

Us USn's are more apt to use one of those phrases from baseball, switch-hitter, for this.

Hmmmm. These days, if somebody tells me that someone is a switch-hitter, and we are not speaking of baseball, I'm likely to understand that the person is bi, but having nothing to do with manual dexterity.


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"There is a "symbiotic" reason for strings to be thicker for lower tunings. A thicker string provides more
surface area and therefore more raw sound (presence) as needed for a listener to hear tones as the
same "volume" (even thought they are not). A thicker string also povides the necessary physics to
compensate for the different tension that would be required to apply to strings to achieve different
notes... usually more tension for a higher note... yet a thinner string requires less tension to achieve
that note... so the tension across strings/bridges are (theoretically) equal. As for reality...well."..

Dear musick: with fear and trembling consciousness of my ignorance of music, may I observe that it is not only the diameter of the low pitched strings that is important. The lower pitched strings are usually wound with fine metal wire to increase their mass per unit length. The diameter is only one factor in determing pitch.


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I thought there might be an etymological connection between "left" and "levo", but my dictionary does not confirm this.I think a better dictionary might.
eft1 7left8
adj.
5ME (Kentish) var. of lift < OE lyft, weak, akin to EFris luf, weak6
1 a) designating or of that side of one‘s body which is toward the west when one faces north, the side of the less-used hand in most people b) designating or of the corresponding side of anything c) closer to the left side of a person directly before and facing the thing mentioned or understood !the top left drawer of a desk"
2 of the side or bank of a river on the left of a person facing downstream
3 of the political left; liberal or radical

It is also interesting that in science matters, I have never seen "sinister" used, always "levo"


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