This Thursday is France’s Journée nationale des gauchers (National Left-handers Day), which normally falls on the same day as the equivalent international event.
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In French, the word ‘gaucher’ is used to refer to someone who is left-handed, who writes with their main gauche (left hand).
We looked at a French expression linked to being left-handed.
‘Avoir deux mains gauches’ (to have two left hands) could be translated as ‘to be all thumbs’ or ‘to be very clumsy’.
Around 85% of people in France are right-handed, and therefore find it hardest to do things with their left hand.
Having two left hands would thus make it trickier to do things requiring dexterity, and would make the person more clumsy.
The word ‘gauche’ also means ‘awkward’ or ‘clumsy’, which reinforces the idea of being unable to carry out delicate tasks.
However, for the left-handers being celebrated on Thursday, perhaps having two left hands might actually be helpful.