Being a southpaw isn’t a choice
Hear, hear, George (Inbox, Issue 432). There’s certainly nowt wrong with being a ‘cuddy wifter’ when it comes to using computers, and as a lifelong lefty I’ve never had any problems with my keyboard and mouse, although of course I’ve changed the latter to left-handed settings. I also disagree with your Star Email writer about the term ‘southpaw’ being derogatory and offensive. I’ve always found it quite endearing. I believe the word comes from baseball, referring to a left-handed pitcher or batter. I’ve heard worse names for us lefties, such as ‘mollie dooker’, ‘spuddy handed’ and ‘gibble fisted’, but tend to treat them with amusement rather than outrage.
Being left-handed isn’t a choice, after all. It’s as genetic as being red-haired or short-sighted, so anyone who uses it as a reason to mock you is an idiot and not worth speaking to! Keith Reason, via email