Posted by Brian from Shawnee on June 09, 2006
In Reply to: Re: Which way is upside? posted by RRC on June 09, 2006
: : Which way is upside?
: : In the US, when somebody slaps you "upside your head", is that a downward blow from above, or an upward blow from below? The word isn't used in the UK.
: I don't think it really matters. IMO, upside in this phrase is not directional but positional - it basically means the same as beside, alongside, against the side of. I would expect a straight across slap against the side of the head.
If both the slapper and the slappee are standing and they're about the same height, the direction of bringing the hand up to head level would be upward.