I learned a delightful new word today

Cackhanded, or the variation I read in an art show/artist review, ‘cackhandedness‘. Is that not a great word? It means a) left-handed and b) clumsy. In the review the meaning was clumsy.

If you don’t want to click on the link then I’ll tell you – ‘cack’ is dialect for excrement, from Old Norse or Middle Low German or Middle Dutch, from the the Latin cacare, to defecate. No doubt that ka-ka, or ca-ca, the infantile euphemism we use for shit, comes from the Latin.

The challenge here is how to use the word cackhanded in my everyday conversations.

What fun!

8 thoughts on “I learned a delightful new word today

  1. I hadn’t heard of that word before. J is left handed but I’m the clumsy one! How was it used in the art show review?


    1. Left-handers get a lot of bad press.

      From the article: “His painterly touch, meanwhile, is clotted and directionless, unredeemed by the splashes and drips he introduces into compositions that hit the eye like jelly that’s yet to set. Some great artists cultivate cackhandedness. They treat technique as an impediment to poetic flow. Others achieve greatness by pushing through or against their technical limitations. Baselitz imitates the manner and look of both kinds of artist, experimenting with splatter and finger painting and mixed media and whatever else occurs to him.”

      The whole article is here – https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/georg-baselitz-is-an-overrated-hack-art-collectors-fell-for-him–but-you-dont-have-to/2018/06/22/54bac080-763b-11e8-805c-4b67019fcfe4_story.html?utm_term=.ea94f27b5f37 – it is so not a good one LOL

      The last paragraph is priceless – “Whatever. The comedy of watching art aficionados standing in front of these canvases and trying to resist the urge to turn their heads upside down, the better to see them, is a consolation, of sorts.”

      Ah the pretentiousness of so-called art lovers, I could tell you such stories!


    1. I think this will be my favorite word for a long time – Can’t imagine anything will top it. I am particularly amused by the euphemism that comes directly from Latin…


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