Bias against left-handed people
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Bias against left-handed people is bias or design that is usually unfavorable against people who are
Beyond being inherently disadvantaged by a right-handed bias in the design of tools, left-handed people have been subjected to deliberate discrimination and discouragement. In certain societies, they may be considered unlucky or even malicious by the right-handed majority. Many languages still contain references to left-handedness to convey awkwardness, dishonesty, stupidity, or other undesirable qualities. Even in relatively advanced societies, left-handed people were historically (and in some cases still are) forced as children to use their right hands for tasks which they would naturally perform with the left, such as eating or writing.
In the Chinese language, the character for "left", 左(zuǒ), depicts a left hand attending to its work. In contrast, the character for "right", 右 (yòu), depicts a right hand in relation to the mouth, suggesting the act of eating.[
In early Roman times, the left side retained a positive connotation, as the
In Russian, "levsha" (lefty, lefthander) became a common noun for skilled craftsman, after the title character from "