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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Strange Word Week 1

Last week was funny restaurant week because it was suggested by a fabulous reader.  (Thanks!)  I didn't ask for those suggestions a couple of weeks ago just for the heck of it.  I fully intend to get around to all of them.  This week is going to be a week full of strange words.  (I say week.  I guess it's just gonna be four days.)

So here is numero uno:

-Clumsy or unskillful with both hands

Anyone who's anyone knows what ambidextrous means, but who ever knew there was an opposite?  Yep.  They even have a word for someone who is neither right-handed nor left-handed: ambisinister.  Sounds kind of insulting, doesn't it?  Not only are you a klutz, you're an evil, ominous klutz.  (Although, if I had to choose between left-handed and ambisinister, I'd probably choose ambisinister.  At least it sounds cool, whereas left-handed is just weird.)

So I started coming up with a list of professions in which it would be very unfortunate to be ambisinister:  knife juggler, nascar driver, speed typer, pizza tosser, trapeze artist, spinal surgeon, standby-nuclear-warhead-button-pusher, calligrapher, and Great Sphinx of Giza carver.  That's just to name a few.  Got any other ideas?  Please share.  :)


Christine said...

Porn star? There's a lot of potential for tragedy there!

AmberLaShell said...

I'm left-handed, and while it looks weird on some people, they are just trying to do things as a right-handed person and so they look weird.

Cole Garrett said...

@ Amber LOL. I knew someone would chime in and say they were left-handed. Hope I didn't offend you. I am curious, though... Do you think ambisinister sounds cooler?

Ryan said...

How about anyone that shoots a weapon... police officers, military, etc.

I can think one one profession where ambisinister wouldn't really hurt you too much... painting artist. There is a lot of art these days that just seems random, but people somehow find meaning in the madness.

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