Day: 17/05/2016

Sinister Southpaw

Sinister southpaw
Shall not deflect me from right –
Get thee behind me!

– written in response to today’s Daily Post daily prompt.

Historically, the left side, and subsequently left-handedness, was considered negative in many cultures. The Latin word sinistra originally meant ‘left’ but took on meanings of ‘evil’ or ‘unlucky’ by the Classical Latin era, and this double meaning survives in European derivatives of Latin, and in the English word ‘sinister’.

Meanings gradually developed from use of these terms in the ancient languages. In many modern European languages, including English, the word for the direction ‘right’ also means ‘correct’ or ‘proper’, and also stands for authority and justice.