Sandy: In English, the word left comes from the Anglo-Saxon word lyft, which means weak or broken. German for “left-handed’ is linkisch, which means awkward, clumsy, and maladroit. In Italian, the word is mancino, which is derived from crooked or maimed. In Russian, calling someone a left-hander (levja) would be an insult.
I came across a few English phrases that suggest a negative view of left-handedness. A “left-handed complement” is actually an insult. A “left-handed marriage” is not a marriage but an adulterous sexual liaison, as in a “left-handed honeymoon with someone else’s husband.” A “left-handed wife” is actually a mistress.
Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.