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Apr. 22nd, 2003 | 09:48 am
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Ambiguidextrous: Having the ability to be uncertain which hand you're using.

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from: foolmonkey
date: Apr. 22nd, 2003 11:33 am (UTC)

Rock on. Your new word kicks the appropriate quantity of ass.

I believe it can be extended in usage, however. You see, I am the son of a Landscaper, and as a result, spent many a summer with a rake or shovel, or other such two handed implement. Not only am I unclear as to whether I use shovels, rakes, picks, hoes, and the like right-handed or left-handed, I'm also not sure which handedness is which. Does right-handed mean the right hand is higher on the handle, or closer to the implement?

I am ambiguidextrous when it comes to two handed tools.

Given the roots, Ambidextrous means that both of your hands are the right (as in 'not left') hand. So ambiguidextrous could also imply that it is unclear which of your hands is the right hand. In that case, it could even mean not knowing which was your right or left.

Teaching the "Left hand makes the 'L' rule" could lead to ambiguidextrous children.

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from: paniolo99
date: Apr. 22nd, 2003 03:02 pm (UTC)

Hmmm. In shoveling I find that I use my right hand to exert force, but my left to position and twist the blade. (Both feet to jump on the shovel, though...but that's because I'm lazy.)

So, in deciding which hand is dominant, I have to assign value to what each hand does. Power? (My right.) Or subtlety? (My left.)

This is confusing, so "ambiguidextrous" is a damn mighty spiffy word.

Also, the "L" hand rule only works if you specify hands palm down.

Position is, after all, everything. :)

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from: chronicfreetime
date: Apr. 22nd, 2003 09:01 pm (UTC)

Your nick is so appropriate for this discussion....

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from: paniolo99
date: Apr. 23rd, 2003 07:43 am (UTC)

...but of course it is!

Well, that and the barrel of plastic monkeys on my desk. But those are there for research purposes. Really. Very, very important research.


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