Re: Friday Fun: What Pet Peeve makes you puke?

Subject: Re: Friday Fun: What Pet Peeve makes you puke?
From: Lou Quillio <public -at- quillio -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Fri, 21 Apr 2006 14:56:35 -0400

Ron Hearn wrote:
> My peeve is placing the word "hand" after the words "left and "right".
> Is "hand" really needed? Do people need to be told that "left" is the
> side that their left hand is on? I prefer to just say "Click on HELP in
> the top, right corner of the page" (Look Ma, No hand!)

Yes, in some contexts. Has to do with alternate usage. Left may
have the sense of "leave"; right can suggest "correct" or be
mistaken for a noun -- as either term might be, in a political context.

Depending on the sentence, readers parsing quickly are left (heh)
slightly in doubt about "left" and "right", until context clears
things up. Slap "-hand" onto either one and all doubt is erased,

Now, there might be a better sentence in the first place, and a
writer can certainly over-do it, but "-hand" is pretty efficient in
the right spot.


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