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On 11 November 2015 at 10:00, Amanda Babcock Furrow <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 11, 2015 at 11:50:59AM -0500, John Q wrote:
>
>> One thought that comes to mind is that such a person might tend (whether consciously or unconsciously) to align the orientation of their body with respect to objects or persons in the immediate environment so that left and right, front and back match the cardinal directions (or the urban directions), so that the words "left-right-front-back" will correspond as much as possible with the geocentric or urban-centric directions that are psychologically more natural to them as speakers.
>
> Ooooh yeah.  Before I broke an arm in 2nd grade, I used to move to orient
> myself to what I *imagined* was the same direction as the bathroom mirror
> at home (actually, it was as far as I can tell the same direction relative
> to the front door of whatever house I was in!) in order to tell which was
> my left and right.
>
> After the break, I never confused right and left again :)  ...which gives
> me a new idea - maybe some of them have a secret L/R tattoo!  Or they feel
> for a scar in their palm, or something.

I grew up in an egocentric culture, and I *still* have to feel for my
wedding ring to tell which way is which!
Before I had one of those, I would try making letter-Ls with my thumbs
and index fingers, and still didn't always get it right.

-l.