Re: writing direction

From: Aviah Morag - TransLink (
Date: Wed Mar 25 2009 - 00:33:45 CST

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    Interesting. The taboo regarding the left is pretty ubiquitous, regardless
    of language direction. It exists on some level almost everywhere in the
    world - shaking your hand with the right hand, right being a synonym for
    "correct" (and left being a synonym for "bad" - cf gauche, sinistro et al)
    in a huge number of languages. I don't think that it has anything to do with
    writing direction, through. I'm not aware of any source for the historical
    reasons for choosing one over the other, if there was even any ideology
    behind it at all. I'd be happy to hear about any (offlist).

    One advantage to being a southpaw (lefty) and writing in Hebrew - no
    pencil/ink smudges! (Except when embedding LTR, of course...)


    Aviah Morag, TransLink
    On Wed, Mar 25, 2009 at 4:25 AM, Zabeeh Khan <> wrote:
    > I agree with Khaled Hosny brother. In Islam we prefer right hand to
    > left in many things and the same goes for left. For example, we eat
    > food with right hand, etc.
    > BTW, I myself live in Peshawar and I have not heard of any such law by
    > Taliban.

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