Lefthanders

hannibal at thegates.fsbusiness.co.uk hannibal at thegates.fsbusiness.co.uk
Sat Apr 23 17:46:07 EDT 2005


Minnow:
> Not having the OED to paw, does "left" as in "left over", "left out" and so
> on come from the same place?
> 
No, it seems not. That left is just the past participle of 'leave', which has quite a different history, deriving ultimately from a word meaning 'sticky' (so the OED speculates), by way of a word meaning 'to remain'. And that's another potential confusion, since it can also mean 'to depart. Which gives us sentences such as: 'He kept his right glove, so only the left was left when he left.' Isn't English grand?
Charlie

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