Sun 18 Jun 2006
Category : Commentary/sinistra.txt
I've often wondered about the terms "left" and "right", as in "the countercultural left".
I happened upon the answer among a pile of newspapers that I've just had the time to catch up on. Janadas Devan, in the Sunday Times, explains :
He was explaining, in an article on The Da Vinci Code, how Dan Brown got it wrong in assuming that radical thought is called "left wing" because the left had always had negative overtones, from the Italian sinistra, meaning sinister.
So, there's nothing sinister about having radical left wing ideas.