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 Rig’dum Fun’nidos,Right Foot Foremost. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Put the shoe on the right foot first. The twelfth symbol of the Protreptics of Iamblichus. This audition is preserved in our word “awkward,” which means “left-handed” (awke, the-left hand), seen also in the French gauche. Pythagoras meant to teach that his disciples should walk discreetly and wisely, not basely and feebly or gauchely.   1

 Rig’dum Fun’nidos,Right Foot Foremost. 


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