From the Latin ambo
, which means 'both', and dexter
, which means 'right'. As the right
hand is typically the one to possess superior control, it is the one associated with the quality of dexterity
, hence the name. Ambidexterity, then, is not having two right hands, but having each hand capably dextrous.
Speaking from a personal viewpoint, being ambidextrous can come in handy, (no pun intended). Nevertheless, absolute ambidexterity is almost unheard of. Usually, it is only some number of qualities that achieve true either-handedness. Myself, I can manage many things with either hand. Yet there are some things that are comfortable only with one hand or the other.
For example: Bowling ball, right. Hockey stick, left. Rifle, left. Sidearm, right. Just whatever feels correct.
I have to admit, though, on some level, I do enjoy watching the facial expressions when I switch hands in the middle of writing something. Does that make me a strange person?