FROM CHAPTER 2 Left: Left Out
WE HAVE ALL NOTICED how difficult and awkward it is for a lefthanded individual to use our normal handwriting, which crosses the page from left to right. But in five major languages--Chinese, Japanese, Hebrew, Arabic, and ancient Egyptian--writing crosses from right
, which is of course the natural movement for a left-handed individual.
Go on, pick up a Japanese book today. The back cover is the front cover! The first page is the last page. It’s all back to front--as far as we right-handers are concerned.
So, sir/madame, how did this situation arise? Why...