The terms left and right are used to refer to two opposed political ideologies or factions. In the United States, Conservatives are called the “right” and Liberals are called the “left”.
Have you ever wondered how the left-right terms got started?
The terms “left” and “right” originated in the French Revolution of 1789 (the guillotine!). Members of the French National Assembly divided themselves into two groups:
- Supporters of the king sat to the president’s right.
- Supporters of the revolution sat to the president’s left.
Blah, blah, blah.
There’s a better explanation for the origin of “left” and “right.” It’s in the Bible:
“The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left.” -Ecclesiastes 10:2
Can’t get any simpler than that!
H/t our beloved Miss May.