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Old 09-16-2014, 12:53 AM   #11
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As far as I know, there is nowhere that the left hand is preferred for picking up food. So, if people are picking up food with their hands, use your right hand.
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Old 09-16-2014, 01:29 AM   #12
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It's seen as being rude, in bad form, if you pick up food from a communal dish with your left hand. Why is this? No idea. But this how it is in many eastern countries. Anyways...you want to keep it in mind when visiting that part of the world and sharing a communal meal.
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Old 09-16-2014, 01:33 AM   #13
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if you must know, many "eastern cultures " use their left hand to wipe their asses.

hence, eat with the other hand.
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Could be, but I was too discreet to bring that up. Sanitation. It's the reason why you see movie scenes of ancient soldiers shaking hands by grabbing the other soldiers forearm instead of their hand. Sanitation concerns. Initially tho, the handshake was born out of the gesture of showing the other that he was not armed, and that evolved into the handshake.
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Old 09-16-2014, 08:32 AM   #15
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Gee, and I'm in the 10% of the world population whose dominant hand is the left. For all the disadvantages a leftie may face, being a leftie is the ultimate when it comes to survival of the fittest--lefties have the element of surprise in hand-to-hand combat.
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Old 09-16-2014, 08:40 AM   #16
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Eat with my right hand? Being a lefty, it's MY right hand that does the dirty work.
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Old 09-16-2014, 10:19 AM   #17
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Eat with my right hand? Being a lefty, it's MY right hand that does the dirty work.
That's just habit. If you ever have to eat somewhere people pick up the food with their right hand, I really suggest you try to do that too. In some places people will get grossed out if you use your left hand to handle food from a communal pot or plate.

No one knows what you do in private. I'm sure you wash your hands.

I've had this argument with lefties before. They managed, even though it felt awkward to them.
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Old 09-16-2014, 11:19 AM   #18
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I started out life as a lefty. Unfortunately in the school where I started my education, they wouldn't let me use it. So I can eat with either hand.
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It's seen as being rude, in bad form, if you pick up food from a communal dish with your left hand. Why is this? No idea. But this how it is in many eastern countries. Anyways...you want to keep it in mind when visiting that part of the world and sharing a communal meal.
It's because the left hand is used for unsavoury personal cleansing and traditionally food was eating by hand from a communal dish. Even in some "modern" westernised families it is still considered bad form to hand food, even on a plate, with the left hand
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Old 09-16-2014, 12:34 PM   #20
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It's because the left hand is used for unsavoury personal cleansing and traditionally food was eating by had from a communal dish
Ten percent of the world's population would disagree with that statement that the left hand is used for unsavoury personal cleansing. I'm in that 10 percent. I use scissors with my right hand (and it is darned awkward when cutting out a pattern) only because either (a) there weren't any left-handed scissors available, or (b) my mother didn't think of that when she bought me my first pair of scissors (but then, she didn't think the first thing I would try to cut was the webbing on the lawn chairs, either).
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