Part of Speech: Adjective
Meaning: 1. Equally clumsy with either hand, ambilevous. 2. Clumsy.
Notes: Since we have already discussed the more popular adjective, AMBIDEXTROUS, it seems only fair that we discuss its ambisinistrous antonym, 'ambisinistrous'. If you dislike the suffix -ous, simply ignore it and add an E between the final T and R: 'ambisinister' is all you need. Today's word has been around since 1863 but rarely occurs in dictionaries other than medical dictionaries.
In Play: The basic meaning of today's Good Word is a clumsiness of the hands: 'Unfortunately, I would have to say that Amanda Lynn is at best an ambisinistrous pianist.'
The metaphorical sense of this word opens the way to any kind of clumsiness: 'Dexter's ambisinistrous interpersonal skills keep him off the guest list of most the social events in the area.'
Word History: Today's Good Word came from Latin sinister 'left'. If 'right' means 'correct, normal', then its antonym, 'left', must mean 'incorrect, abnormal', right? This thinking by the ancients left the Latin word for 'left' with its current bad reputation as seen in the English word 'sinister'. The prefix 'ambi-' was the equivalent of Greek 'amphi-', as in 'amphibian', a creature at home both in water and on land. The original meaning of this word was apparently 'from both sides' but later came to mean 'from all sides, all around' in words like 'amphitheater'.
-Dr. Goodword, alphaDictiona
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I'm not sure, because we haven't talked yet, if she meant she's been fumble-fingered lately...or if she's been socially inappropriate.
DossieRe and I have been friends since High School. We've seen each other through the traumas of first loves, first marriages and first children.
We've both been described as “moody” or “ambisinistrous” at one time or another by people who don't grasp one of the basic facets of our personas. To wit:
I would venture that it's not that we are AMBISINISTER so much as we have reached the age, hormone level and degree of brain degeneration that we simply no longer CARE to USE the interpersonal skills we learned as children, practiced in our teens and polished in our twenties. I know for ME, I reached a saturation point of accommodating others' fragile sensibilities several years ago. Now I only use those skills for people with a special place in my life.
I am still polite to strangers and my elders, that behavior is too ingrained in my personality as a Southern/Texan woman. But only up to a point. They get peevish, rude, demanding...I go from polite to civil to Bitch in quick succession.
I think as I have aged, and those little white spots [blood vessel degeneration] have started to show up on my brain MRI, I no longer have the patience nor the inclination to tolerate the demands of socially acceptable behavior for a genteel, Southern Lady.
I only have a limited amount of patience, compassion and understanding these days. I simply choose to save them for those close to me, my friends and some of my family.
Add to all that the fact I'm Left [sinister] handed... I was just DESTINED to be the way I am. It's in my DNA.