National Lefty Day

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Put your right hand down and give your left hand some time in the spotlight because it's National Lefty Day! A day when southpaws around the world unite and celebrate their uniqueness while reminding the right-handed universe that, yes, they do exist.

When is Lefty Day?

It's national lefty day on the 13th August.

Celebrating National Lefty Day

On 13th August, a peculiar phenomenon occurs. The world pauses, puts down its right-handed tools, and switches hands, and why? Well, it's National Lefty Day of course! This global celebration was first observed in 1976, a day dedicated to the approximately 10% of the population known for their adventurous use of the sinister hand (that's Latin for left hand by the way, nothing ominous).

According to our data, Lefty Day had its online heyday back on 13 August 2015, when it collected an astonishing 2351 mentions! Left-handers all over the globe raised their left hands high and proud, even right-handers joined in the celebration, making it a memorable moment in the history of lefties.

The Left-Handed Legacy

Left-handed people have been making waves for centuries. They've left (pun intended) their mark everywhere, from arts and sports to science and politics. Famous lefties include Leonardo da Vinci and Barack Obama, who've proved that being left-handed doesn't stop one from achieving greatness.

Why Celebrate Lefties?

It's not just about celebrating the uniqueness of being left-handed, it's also about raising awareness. Lefties live in a world designed for right-handed people, from scissors to can-openers to musical instruments. Spotlighting these small but significant struggles on National Lefty Day helps push for more inclusive designs.

History behind the term 'Lefty'


The Origin of 'Lefty'

During the late 19th century, the term 'lefty' emerged as a colloquial nickname referring to left-handed individuals. Its origin can be traced back to the year 1884 when it first appeared in print in the Chicago Daily Times. The term was initially used as a description for left-handed baseball pitchers, highlighting their unique throwing style.

20th Century

Widening Usage in Sports

As the 20th century progressed, the term 'lefty' gained wider usage beyond baseball and expanded to other sports. Left-handed athletes, such as tennis players and boxers, became commonly referred to as 'lefties'. The label often emphasized the advantage their left-handedness provided in competition, as it allowed them to catch opponents off guard.


Political Application

During the 1960s, the term 'lefty' began to acquire a political connotation as well. It was used to describe individuals who aligned with left-leaning or liberal ideologies. This association stemmed from the left-hand side of the political spectrum traditionally representing progressive or socialist views. 'Lefty' became a way to categorize those advocating for social change or reform.

Present Day

Pop Culture and Playful References

In the present day, the term 'lefty' holds a place in popular culture and is often used playfully to refer to left-handed individuals in various contexts. It has become a familiar nickname and a way to acknowledge the uniqueness of left-handedness. Additionally, 'lefty' is sometimes used as a term of endearment or camaraderie among left-handed individuals, creating a sense of community and shared experiences.

Did you know?

Did you know, lefties are more likely to be geniuses? Studies have found a higher-than-average number of left-handed people among Mensa members!


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