Writing: Why left, right, & vertical?

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  1. Dinosaur Rational Skeptic Valued Senior Member

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    Some where I read the following.

    Left to right due to cultures which first wrote on clay or paper with a stylus or pen-like device. A right handed person would not smear previously written data.

    Right to left due to cultures which first wrote with a hammer & chisel on stone. Hammer in dominant right hand

    Vertical due to cultures (example Chinese) which first wrote with a paint brush​
     
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  3. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    Interesting.

    I am going to go into work tomorrow with a hammer and chisel. And if anyone cries foul, I'll scream oppression! to HR.
     
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  5. Gawdzilla Sama Valued Senior Member

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    Why is this in religion?
     
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  7. Dinosaur Rational Skeptic Valued Senior Member

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    Because I copied & pasted from a word processor by mistake while in that forum.
     
  8. goose Registered Senior Member

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    Gold!!!!
     
  9. iceaura Valued Senior Member

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    A fair number of hammer and chisel folks "wrapped" the lines - so they alternated R->L, L->R, with the "letters" themselves mirrored.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boustrophedon
     
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  10. exchemist Valued Senior Member

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    ......which practice sometimes got carried over into other media, such as stained glass representations of sequential scenes, e.g. in La Sainte Chappelle in Paris (which where I first encountered this splendid word

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  11. exchemist Valued Senior Member

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    I didn't know this but it makes perfect sense. Thanks - nice one.
     
  12. Gawdzilla Sama Valued Senior Member

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