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Master Geek

Topic # 17700 7-Dec-2007 15:50
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While discussing certain isms in the workplace I couldn't find a word to describe discrimination against left or right handed people - usually lefties. I use my mouse left handed at work and feel discriminated against enough that it needs a word

For lack of a better word I give you:

Pawism (n)
Pawist (adj)

Leads to:

Pawsecutor ( n ) someone who persecutes based on (left)-handedness

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Master Geek

  Reply # 98767 7-Dec-2007 15:54
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Hmmm, would make pawacite == pro pawist

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  Reply # 98777 7-Dec-2007 16:36
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As a "forcefully converted" leftie, my sympathies Smile
MrPink: Hmmm, would make pawacite == pro pawist

How about:  Pawaphile == Pro Pawist  and  Pawaphobe == Anti Pawist


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Reply # 98783 7-Dec-2007 16:51
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Where on earth did you get PAW from?  Like the Paw from an animal?
Besdies a Pawaphobe would probably run in terror or break out in a cold sweat from seeing a pawaphile?

(right handed through and through, does this make me a Pawsecutor?) 

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  Reply # 98882 8-Dec-2007 11:33
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I had always thought that left handed people were known as sinister, so I looked it up:

Main Entry:

\ˈsi-nəs-tər, archaic sə-ˈnis-\
Middle English sinistre, from Anglo-French senestre on the left, from Latin sinistr-,
sinister on the left side, unlucky, inauspicious
15th century
It definitely refers to "being from the left", but I think I prefer pawism. When I plugged pawism into the Merriam-Webster Online dictionary, the first two options were; possum and p*ssy

The definition of paw was good though:

Main Entry:

Middle English, from Anglo-French powe, poe
14th century

1: the foot of a quadruped (as a lion or dog) that has claws; broadly : the foot of an animal
: a human hand especially when large or clumsy

Definition 2 fits in with your theory MrPink.


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  Reply # 98884 8-Dec-2007 11:43
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kinsten: Where on earth did you get PAW from?  Like the Paw from an animal?

Haven't you ever heard the term:  Southpaw ?

It means a left-handed pitcher in baseball as Wikipedia says here:

I'm guessing that is where MrPink got the "Paw" idea from.  It's certainly a familiar term to me -- being left-handed -- and I suspect to many others Smile

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Reply # 98890 8-Dec-2007 13:06
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It is certainly funny to find new words here that only appear once on Google results... Let's see in some years from now if they hit the mainstream?

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  Reply # 99207 10-Dec-2007 11:20
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Yip, got southpaw from an american baseball fan colleague that sits in the 'lefties' camp. I took sinister into account but the pawism kind of fitted on several levels, besides, sinicism is kind of already taken as far as homonymy goes.

@MF damn that google, now only if it could add it to the english dictionary

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  Reply # 99507 11-Dec-2007 21:10
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Pawsecution.  Very appropriate, having looked at NetLingo's Top 50 Internet Acronyms Every Parent Should Know.  I am quite into PAWsecution.  Just ask the 15yo.

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