Episode 15: Sinister

Today's episode explores the etymological and cultural connections between the words "sinister" and "left," as in, "left-handed." In the world of Ancient Rome, the left hand was burdened by an unlucky superstition. Though the superstition has faded away, the word denoting this connection--"sinister"--has not. While the evolution of the word "sinister" is the focus of today's episode, it fits into a larger theme of etymological biases against the left hand found in languages around the world. 

 

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