The expression "on the other hand
" means "considering the opposite side
of the issue." If you want to discuss two sides of an issue in juxtaposition
, you can introduce one with "on one hand..." and the other with "... but on the other, she is
only an earwig."
An amusing variation, "on the gripping hand
, was invented by Larry Niven
/ Jerry Pournelle
in their novel, The Gripping Hand
. The Moties are an alien race with two human-like hands on one side of their body and a large, powerful arm for gross
manipulation on the other. They reason in three parts. For example:
On one hand, I should get up and go to work.
But on the other, I'm really tired and want to stay in bed.
On the gripping hand
, I blew the place up
yesterday afternoon. So none of that matters.