Wednesday, July 11, 2007


SOUTHPAW: left-hander; especially: a left-handed baseball pitcher

"Southpaw" is of obscure origin. One theory holds that late-19th-century ballparks were laid out so that the pitcher looked in a westerly direction when facing the batter, which meant that the throwing arm of a left-handed pitcher would be to the south - hence the name "southpaw." This theory is undermined, however by the fact the original use of "southpaw" had nothing do to with baseball; rather, as early as 1848, it referred simply to the left hand or to a punch or blow given with the left hand. Today, we often use "southpaw" as a good-natured term for a left-handed person, although it's sometimes viewed as stigmatizing by left-handed people.

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