Posted by ESC on July 18, 2000
In Reply to: Right angle posted by larry passey on July 18, 2000
: I am interested in the phrase "the right angle". I have heard this since childhood regarding finding the appropriate way, the correct approach or just doing well,etcetera. I want to find as many variances of the usage of the phrase and the word right, for use in a sculptural project that I have been working on for the last year. right on!
Tell me if this is what you want.
"right adj. Before 1121 'riht,' 'rihte' straight lawful, true, genuine; later 'right' (about 1303)...right angle (about 1400)..." From "The Barnhart Concise Dictionary of Etymology: The Origins of American English Words" by Robert K. Barnhart (HarperCollins Publishers, New York, 1995).
There's more if you need it.
And do you mean phrases like:
The customer is always right.
God's in his heaven; all's right with the world.
Might makes right.
Two wrongs don't make a right.
Right as a trivet.
Right off the bat.
Right up my alley.