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Old October 7 2012, 10:33 PM   #91
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Re: Can you raise only one eyebrow?

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Most musicians can write legibly with both hands.
It's all that sinister dexterity.
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Old October 7 2012, 10:35 PM   #92
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Re: Can you raise only one eyebrow?

In school, they showed us a movie about a woman without arms, who wrote with her feet. They showed her in a grocery store, filling out a check with a pen in her bare foot.
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Old October 7 2012, 10:56 PM   #93
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Most musicians can write legibly with both hands.
I could see that being the case for players of keyboard instruments or of classical/fingerstyle guitar, say, but I don't think it's true of most musicians. I could scrawl a few barely-legible characters using my left hand, but to call it writing would be a stretch.

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My left hand is virtually useless. Is there an antonym of ambidextrous?
Several, but perhaps not quite what you were looking for.
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Old October 7 2012, 11:12 PM   #94
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Lulz. Is it a common second meaning in English? It's absent in Italian.
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Old October 7 2012, 11:20 PM   #95
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They are not Italians. I'm not sure they are actually humans.

(As a native Torinese and a staunch Juventino, I had the utmost love for the Avvocato. The new generation, not so much.)
I kinda like Andrea.

The Elkann boys however... man... John pretends to care but really doesn't give a damn about Juve so he can get lost. And Lapo...



'Nuff said.
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Old October 7 2012, 11:20 PM   #96
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I can write with both hands. When I'm at the whiteboard, kids are always amused at the fact that I can do that... 'hey wasn't he writing with the other hand minutes ago?'
just for the lulz!
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Old October 8 2012, 12:20 AM   #97
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Many of Lapo's outfits make me raise an eyebrow; does that count?

(mind you, I have a sneaking liking for his Rosso Corsa suit. There's a pic floating around with him wearing it in front of his Ferrari collection. Lucky git. )
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Old October 8 2012, 12:29 AM   #98
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Many of Lapo's outfits make me raise an eyebrow; does that count?

(mind you, I have a sneaking liking for his Rosso Corsa suit. There's a pic floating around with him wearing it in front of his Ferrari collection. Lucky git. )
Lapo's outfits are very hit and miss. Sometimes he pulls off the modern dandy look quite well but often he just looks totally ridiculous.
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Old October 8 2012, 12:40 AM   #99
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I can raise each eyebrow independently. I can also move my eyes in two different directions at once.
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Old October 8 2012, 01:13 AM   #100
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Many of Lapo's outfits make me raise an eyebrow; does that count?

(mind you, I have a sneaking liking for his Rosso Corsa suit. There's a pic floating around with him wearing it in front of his Ferrari collection. Lucky git. )
Lapo's outfits are very hit and miss. Sometimes he pulls off the modern dandy look quite well but often he just looks totally ridiculous.
More misses than hits in my opinion. And I say this as someone who is very fond of quirky suits. He totally lacks the "effortless effort" that is the mark of true elegance. He puts a lot of work in picking his outfits, which are clearly intended to surprise and impress an audience, instead of being simply a manifestation of his style and personality.

But now we are going into my personal theory of aesthetics, which is definitively outside the bounds of this thread.
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Old October 8 2012, 01:39 AM   #101
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Lulz. Is it a common second meaning in English? It's absent in Italian.
In my experience, "ambidextrous" means "equally adept with both hands" or at least signifies much less of the dominance of one hand over the other that you'd expect to find in a right- or left-handed person. While it's easy enough to see it also being used as a sly euphemism for "bisexual," I don't recall ever seeing "ambidextrous" used to mean deceitful, devious, dishonest, hypocritical or anything of that sort. I suspect that those more pejorative meanings haven't been in general English usage for three or four centuries.

Nonetheless, I did find sort of amusing the last sentence of this bit from the Wiki entry:
Wiki/Ambidexterity#Etymology wrote:

The word "ambidextrous" is derived from the Latin roots ambi-, meaning "both", and dexter, meaning "right" or favourable. Thus, "ambidextrous" is literally "both right" or "both favourable". The term ambidexter in English was originally used in a legal sense of jurors who accepted bribes from both parties for their verdict.[2]
Stuff like that is what can make digging into word histories so much fun.
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Old October 8 2012, 08:24 AM   #102
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Lulz. Is it a common second meaning in English? It's absent in Italian.
Did you mean synonym or antonym?
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Old October 8 2012, 08:40 AM   #103
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I was asking for antonyms (since I'm the opposite of ambidextrous), and M'Sharak linked to a thesaurus that reported a second meaning for ambidextrous as "insincere" with some synonyms (deceitful, deceptive, disingenuous, double-dealing, hypocritical, left-handed) and antonyms (forthright, honest, truthful). Since I never encountered this second meaning and it's absent in Italian, I was asking if it was relatively common in English (apparently, it isn't).
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Old October 8 2012, 08:50 AM   #104
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No it's not common. The antonym is single handed or right or left handed.
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Old October 8 2012, 10:40 AM   #105
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That's odd, isn't it? That ambidextrous has no simple word for the opposite.

I propose Unichiral for single-handedness. For right handedness, just plain simple "Dextral" (from dexter, Latin for right) and "Sinistral" for left handedness, from the latin Sinister for left.

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