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Tuesday, February 01, 2011

ambisinister

\am-bi-SIN-uh-ster\ , adjective;
1.
Clumsy or unskillful with both hands.
Quotes:
I feared I had simply become ambisinister until I realized that his sitar had fewer frets than mine did.
-- Richard Connerney, The Upside Down Tree: India's Changing Culture
Professor Fischer says that the reserve physicians "Were surgically ambisinister, medically at the zero point, and lacking in discipline, military skill and temperance."
-- The military surgeon: Journal of the Association of Military, Volume 34, 1914
Origin:
Ambisinister is a combination of the Latin roots Ambi-, "both," and sinister, "to the left side."
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