In Cricket jargon I am a right- handed batsman but a left - handed bowler.
I am told ninety percent of people are right- handed, which is considered the norm. The remaining ten percent are left- handed or lefty which is an aberration . I choose not to use the somewhat harsh sounding 'abnormal'.
There's in built tendency to be right handed or left handed depending on which side of the brain is more active. It is widely believed that right - handed people have more active left side of the brain and converse applies to the left handed people. I call those parents and teachers naïve who force their kids to use right hand for writing and eating , quite ignorant of the medico- scientific reason behind. It is also an established fact that left- handed people are intelligent, creative geniuses , no less than the others.
However they are disadvantaged as regards the use of some appliances that seem specifically made for the right handed people. For example the domestic sewing machine. Another disadvantage came to my notice during my University days where I found seminar chairs in class room fixed with mini tables on the right side. My left handed friends had to keep extra chair on the left to be able to place note book on the table and to write.
The term 'left handed compliment' smacks of a built-in bias. On the ideological side, left and right represent diametrically opposite views but more of that later !