Clarifying

The saying, ‘righty tighty; lefty loosey’ always confused me.

Regardless of which way you turn something, either the top or the bottom is going left, and the other is going right.

So I raised my children with this handy saying: Clockwise tighty; counterclockwise loosey.

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3 Responses to “Clarifying”

  1. roberto Says:

    Yes, you have a point that if you turn something clockwise, the top half is going rightward yet the bottom half is going leftward. However it is a bit perverse not to be able to set the conceptual convention in your mind.

    If you look at the earth from the “bottom” of the planet, i.e., the south pole, then it’s rotation is retrograde and Venus’ rotation is not.

    Or if you look from the other side of a wheel or knob or clock, then clockwise becomes counterclockwise.

    Your handy saying is just un-tighty and screw-loosey.

  2. gunky Says:

    kinda like the rules for using “lay” and “lie”.
    they seem the same to me.

  3. Mike Says:

    This is incredibly funny. I don’t know why, but it is. Your point about the pointlessness of describing a circular motion in linear left-right terms is, of course, right on. But it’s your gracefully graceless solution to the problem and simple self-deprecating report of it that just tickles me. Write on!

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