Many negative connotations come with being left-handed. A prominent example of this would be merely the term used for being left-handed in several different languages. For instance, the word “left” in English comes from the Anglo-Saxon word “lyft”, which means broken or weak. In German the word for left-handed is “linkisch”, meaning awkward or clumsy. In Italian left handed (mancino) means crooked or maimed. Even in Russian, calling someone “levja”, or left-handed, is an insult.
Fortunately for the current southpaw community, both science and the public eye have managed to prove that being left-handed can certainly have its benefits. Since men hold the torch for the majority of all left-handers, check out some of the most well known left-handed men who have demonstrated just how talented lefties can be.
WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 21: U.S. President Barack Obama waves as the presidential inaugural parade winds through the nation’s capital January 21, 2013 in Washington, DC. Barack Obama was re-elected for a second term as President of the United States.
Robert De Niro
DOHA, QATAR – NOVEMBER 18: Tribeca Film Festival co-founder Robert De Niro speaks at Doha Talks: In Conversation: Robert De Niro during the 2012 Doha Tribeca Film Festival at Al Mirqab Boutique Hotel on November 18, 2012 in Doha, Qatar.
LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 04: Musician Sir Paul McCartney performs on stage during the Diamond Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace on June 4, 2012 in London, England. For only the second time in its history the UK celebrates the Diamond Jubilee of a monarch. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II celebrates the 60th anniversary of her ascension to the throne. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have flocked to London to witness the spectacle of the weekend’s celebrations.
LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 27: Rapper Eminem performs onstage during the 2010 BET Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on June 27, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.
16 February 2004 – English singer David Bowie attends a photocall for his ‘Reality Tour’ at the Quay Restaurant in Sydney, Australia.
TORONTO, ON – SEPTEMBER 11: Bill Gates speaks at ‘Waiting For Superman’ press conference during the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival at the Hyatt Regency on September 11, 2010 in Toronto, Canada.
HOLLYWOOD, CA – MARCH 22: Actor Bruce Willis arrives to the premiere of the HBO documentary ‘His Way’ on March 22, 2011 in Hollywood, California.
LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 18: Executive producter/TV host Jon Stewart poses in the press room during the 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on September 18, 2011 in Los Angeles, California on September 18, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.
NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 09: Jerry Seinfeld attends the Broadway opening of ‘Colin Quinn Long Story Short’ at theThe Royalton Hotel on November 9, 2010 in New York City.
HONG KONG – MARCH 18: Actor Keanu Reeves poses on the red carpet at the Power of Film Gala at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong’s Grand Ballroom on March 18, 2012 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong. The event will honour international actor and filmmaker Keanu Reeves and Hong Kong-based documentary filmmaker Duncan Jepson, with funds from the charity event supporting FilmAid Asia’s programmes, which use the power of film to bring education to refugees and displaced persons globally.