In directions, right is the opposite of left. Although one’s heart is really in the middle, we put our right hand over the left side of our chest to pledge allegiance.
In other uses, right is correct, the opposite of wrong. When a teacher checks a student’s paper, she subtracts the number wrong from the total points. That score is the number correct.
Another meaning for the word is “exactly.”
- Following the map, she turned to the right to go in the right direction to go home.
- Her mother was glad to see her. “You’re right on time. Go wash up and we will eat right away.”
- Her brother did not sit in the right chair, just to the right of his father.
In the old days, people drew pictures on the walls of their caves. Egyptians and others wrote hieroglyphics on stone tablets or carved them on monuments. The Chinese created symbols for syllables. When an alphabet was created, each letter represented a sound in a word, so spelling was born.
Some people write stories by hand, using a pen or pencil to put the words on paper. Others tap keys on a typewriter or a computer keyboard. Computers now allow people to say the words and the program writes them on the screen.
Writing is one of the most important means of communication in our days.
- “You should write a letter to Aunt Bessie to thank her,” Mother suggested.
- “I don’t like to write by hand. May I write her an email?”
- Mother sighed. “Yes, you may write it in braille if you wish. Just write it.”
A rite is a ceremonial procedure performed to observe a special events in the lives of the group. Religions have rites to celebrate births, acceptance into their group, marriages, deaths, etc. Schools celebrate graduation of their students. Some companies have annual appreciation dinners to recognize outstanding employees.
- The annual rite of a birthday party includes having cake.
- Some people consider Halloween trick-or-treating to be a pagan rite.
- Graduation from high school is a rite of passage.