Right handed? Left handed? Spell? Can't spell?

  1. OK let's see who can spell and who can't spell.
  2. Poll: Can you spell?

    • Right handed CAN spell

      50.82% 62
    • Right handed CAN'T spell

      17.21% 21
    • Left handed CAN spell

      19.67% 24
    • Left handed CAN'T spell

      6.56% 8
    • Ambidextrous CAN spell

      3.28% 4
    • Ambidextrous CAN'T spell

      2.46% 3
    122 Votes
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  4. by   aimeee
    I am a lefty and I can spell (most of the time!) Is there supposed to be some kind of correlation between handedness and spelling?

    BTW, fellow lefties may be interested in this book:

    The Left-Hander Syndrome: The Causes and Consequences of Left-Handedness by Stanley Coren

    Some of the science is flawed but there is a lot of interesting stuff to think about in there, including theories about why lefties have more accidents and have shorter life spans.
    My interest is peaked, IS there a correlation?

    Anyhoo, I'm a righty, and a spelling FREAK!

  6. by   BeachNurse
    It would be interesting to know if there is a correlation. I'm the spell-checker for everyone where I work and for hubby!! I'm a lefty too.

    Hey Heather..I love your SpongeBob!
  7. by   debbyed
    See me poste on the nuther thread!

  8. by   CATHYW
    Heather, mine is too, except mine is piqued
    Wonder where all this right and left stuff will lead us? I surely am NOT an artful or creative person.
  9. by   CarolineRn
    Ok, fair enough question. I'm right-handed, and I USED to be a decent speller. Now, I sometimes forget how to spell the simplest of words, and am always double-checking. But I put in right handed and good speller.
  10. by   CarolineRn
    OOh, here's something cool to think about. My grandfather had this great trick he used to do at parties. He could write two completely different sentences at the same time, using each hand! They were legible, too! And no, it wasn't always the same sentences, so not a matter of having practiced for years. He would have someone say a sentence in one ear and someone else say another in the other ear and he'd write them both at the same time! I've NEVER seen anyone who could do that before. I'm sure THAT would have blown a few minds!
  11. by   ADN 2002
    I'm a righty and have always been able to spell really well. I'm in school still and this summer (after only one year of school) a nurse in my psych clinical asked how to spell guaifenesin and I was able to spell it. Don't know why, but the way things (and names) are spelled just sticks with me.
  12. by   Mkue
    I'm left handed and think a pretty good speller, I don't have a lot of accidents, but I also use right hand for scissors, bowling.. throwing, etc..

    I hope the short life span mentioned above is mostly related to "accidents"... I will read the book.

    Thanks !
  13. by   ICUBecky
    south paw here...
    can spell really well. it was my best subject in elementary school. i am also a freak about it.
  14. by   NurseDennie
    I was born leftie, changed to rightie in school - how does that work? I think I spell pretty well, and I believe I have an above-average vocabulary. But then, I think everybody THINKS they spell pretty well. Heh heh - delusions of adequacy.


  15. by   NurseDennie
    Caroline - I am in awe. I used to make extra money by betting people that I could write one word with one hand and another at the same time with the other.

    I can still do it - I just checked. BUT it has always been the same two words, "cat" and "dog" Easy words and easy to write at the same time. I think anybody could do it that way - it's just that I could make a buck or two getting people to bet against me because it sounds impossible.

    Your grandfather really has (had? Is he still with us?) a talent. Have you tried to do it?