Right and left: اليمين و اليسار

Because like I tell my daughter, by now we should know our right from our left:

  • Right: اليَمين (al-yamīn), which comes from the same root as the country Yemen (اليَمَن), which archaically means “south” (reflecting a time when the compass was oriented to the east and the rising sun, putting south on the right)
  • Left: اليَسار (al-yasār)
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