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  1. So I’ve been seeing ppl ask if this happens in other languages or counties and from what I’ve seen it really doesn’t I think THINK this is a white person thing. Could be wrong tho

  2. Okay seriously, how do American adults manage to forget which hand the Statue of Liberty’s torch is in? As much as photographs of it show up in books and magazines, and as much as footage of it shows up in movies and television, you’d think it would be harder not to memorize it.

  3. Until the end of first grade, I wrote all my lowercase y’s backwards. It became such a problem that it got its own slip on my spelling ring. No one else in my class had this, though. At least, not that I ever knew of.

  4. For me it was a bit different
    Although I didn’t think of the mirrored letters as different i always drew them the same way. I thought of as having a direction that they were facing and always drew them to face right.
    So A B C D E F G H I K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X and Y
    I drew correctly but J and Z were the only letters I drew backwards and with numbers i drew 0 5 6 and 8 correctly but 1 2 3 4 7 and 9 were all backwards

  5. When I was little, my mom turned the letters into drawings to help me remember which way they went, so “j” became an umbrella and “a” became a cat, etc.

  6. I can’t do that, my brain does not understand mirrored images as similar. It’s obvious to me the side of the torch and the side of the bite, and I can’t understand mirrored letters without struggle, and I absolutely can’t write them.

  7. I was hoping this would tell me why when I was in kindergarten I physically couldn’t write the letter S the right way. I would write it like a backwards, knowing it was wrong and not being able to do it correctly for a while. My best guess is that I knew I had to write left to right, so that’s how the pencil moved on the paper?

  8. Even adults who are learning how to read and write do this. I’ve seen it done plenty of times. It’s not a “kids thing”.

    What’s next,” why can’t babies talk”

  9. As a left handed person, I so badly wanted the statue of liberty torch and apple bite to be on the left…. But surprise, twas the right. 🙄 Typical…

  10. I didn’t even do that because my parents taught me the proper one and not listening to them is also not listening to God.

  11. “You have to learn that, in English, script goes from left to right.” And also, ignore the letters altogether and follow obscure rules for pronouncing words that render more anarchy than actual order, and you get things like hors d’oeuvres, the fact that the L in colonel is an R, and the f, o, and r in “comfortable” are totally silent.

  12. One of the best videos I’ve seen from Vox (and I saw more than I’m comfortable admitting): super interesting and yet simple and straight to the point, not over done. Congratulations!

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