Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Left Handshake
Tue, 13 Oct 1998 14:15:32 -0700
> I think this tribe had been tainted by contact with earlier Europeans. In
> doing some research about Heraldry (early 1200's) for the "Discover Our
> Family Heritage" chapter of the upcoming Pow-Wow book, I ran across the
> derivation of the word 'Sinister' for the left hand. As most people are
> "right-handed," someone that would't show an empty right hand as a sign of
> greeting (hence the salute and the wave) was thought to be a sinister
> character that was waiting in ambush. To take the trivia further, they
> the term 'dexter' for right-handedness, but didnt give any details. This
> has carried over into medical terms of today which use sinister- and
> dexter- as prefixes for the left and right, respectively.
> The things we remember.
> Bob Peters
Verdugo Hills Council