li [Antonielly Garcia Rodrigues] mi tulis la > Maybe some short word literally meaning "north-to-east direction" > would be a nice translation to "clockwise" (of course, I do not mean > geographical north, as indicated by a compass, but north relative to > the clock pointer position, or to your body). > Just "right direction" is not good enough because, if you look at a > pointer on the lower position (6h for the small pointer, or 30min for > the big pointer), it goes left. So it is not obvious enough that > "clockwise" is related to "right", unless you say "up-to-right", > "front-to-right", "north-to-east" or something like that. > Moreover, the "clockwise direction" in the steering wheel of cars is > also related to the "right direction" of the car by an arbitrary > standard (associated this way due to a mechanical convenience, but it > would not be hard for a mechanical engineer to design a "reversed" > wheel). Also do not forget the mental confusion of direction by novice > car drivers when they need to use the rear gear. Yes, you could engineer a steering wheel to go the other direction but it certainly wouldn't be natural. It is consistent with the direction of the handlebars on a bicycle or motorcyle so it isn't completely arbitrary. It's also consistent with turning the body when walking. A right turn will mean turning the body "clockwise" when viewed from above, but viewing from below ground really doesn't make much sense.