The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1916 Wednesday, 1 October 2003
Date: Tuesday, 30 Sep 2003 13:24:21 -0500
Subject: 14.1886 Winter's Tale Queries
Comment: Re: SHK 14.1886 Winter's Tale Queries
>that this is entering from left field somewhat.
If this is not too far from the Subject At Hand, does anyone know the
origin of this meaning of "from left field"? My guess is that is derives
from baseball (I can't see how it would work with cricket, but my
ignorance of that sport is extreme), and that it chooses left, rather
than center or right field because of the typical (and sinister)
prejudice against left-handedness. But I'm not sure as to the validity
of this guess. Anybody have authoritative information?
(I would usually say "out of left field" -- is that more typical?)
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