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Is this right?

Posted by Alan on July 18, 2000

In Reply to: Is this right? posted by ESC 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 stuff.
: Right up my alley.

Write carefully
It's neither right nor fair - an Afro-American's left leg.
Right turn
Right wing
Right away
Rite 'ansom - Yorkshire term of endearment
Right then... demand for action or at least a plan