Patrick King Posted June 3, 2009 Share Posted June 3, 2009 (edited) Hebrew goes from right to left because it was designed in the hammer-and-chisel days, hammer in right hand. Now that's a factoid I have not heard before. What about Japanese? I guess that writing from top to bottom wouldn't smear the ink either. the japanese based their system on the chinese. when you write in chinese, you write "top to bottom, left to write" for each character. traditionally the next word goes underneath, but in the modern world they very often write the next word to the right. either way, you ALWAYS write each character "top to bottom, left to right." so the rule still holds for chinese. interestingly, though, traditionally you never touched your hand to the paper... you kept your hand in the air and balanced a brush beneath. so... who knows why they right to left ever came into play. Hebrew or Greek is written/read right to left, isn't it? Cheers, Patrick Edited June 3, 2009 by Patrick King Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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