linguoboy wrote:Basically, the Japanese calqued Western languages using Sino-Japanese elements starting in the Meiji. The Chinese then adopted most of these coinages wholesale in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, so they are ultimately calqued on Western languages. Often the correspondences are morpheme-for-morpheme
I would've never imagined that was the direction of borrowing, but rather that the Japanese borrowed them from Chinese as with so many other words. Well, it does kind of make more sense for historical reasons, though.
OldBoring wrote:Isn't welfare capitalism like Netherlands, Scandinavian countries, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, etc?
I think it's what Finland has, too. Or at least the government is mostly right-wing and they only care about profit (well, our current president
is more like "meh" and the previous one was more like "we must help all those less fortunate than us in the entire world"), but we still have a functioning welfare system and all kinds of social support programs.
So... Italian Wiktionary
says that the destra/sinistra
(right/left) distinction in politics comes from the misconception that the left side of the body is responsible for good actions and the right side for evil actions, which would be what you're looking for Vlürch... except that I couldn't find that bit in any of the references they give lol, and honestly, it seems so odd and improbable considering that the left hand was considered the devil's hand (or something of the sort) AFAIK, and the Italian word for left, sinistra
literally comes from "sinister" (plus, what linguoboy said). So I don't know what the fuck is going on...
Weird, maybe someone on Wiktionary is left-handed and got tired of the negative connotations and edited the entry? Or just someone who is right-handed but finds the negative connotations annoying. Anyway, regardless of whether that's an actual folk etymology or not, folk etymologies in general are pretty weird even if they sometimes make more sense than the actual etymologies.
IpseDixit wrote:Also, I'm appalled by the way many dictionaries define destra (right) as the hand on the same side as the liver and sinistra (left) as the hand on the same side as the heart. Dafuq guys, never heard of situs inversus?
Imagine if someone didn't know which direction is which for some reason and just saw that in a dictionary, then decided to cut their own torso open to determine which side is right and which is left? I mean, obviously no one would actually do that, but...