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Coordinating HAND and FOOT August 18, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, Music & Dance.

I’ve heard of living HAND to mouth (barely eking out an existence). 

I’ve observed people putting their FOOT in their mouth (or opening their mouth and inserting FOOT) by saying something less than circumspect.

I’ve heard about being bound HAND and FOOT.

And George Carlin once observed, “When you step on the brakes, your life is in your foot’s hands.” 

But, after a cursory internet search, I found virtually  no expressions about the daily coordination required between HAND and FOOT.

That seemed odd . . . until I recalled Elaine Benes shaking her groove thing on the dance floor:

Watching her dance, it’s patently obvious that the left HAND doesn’t know (or doesn’t care) what the right FOOT is doing. 

No cooperation.  No coordination.  Just a free-for-all of moving body parts. 

Sort of like the Hokey Pokey:

You put your right hand in.  You put your right hand out.  You put your right hand in and you shake it all about.  We do the Hokey Pokey . . .

Hokey Pokey? 

Why’d they call it the Hokey Pokey?  Looks like the Herky Jerky to me.  

In FUN with WORDS, I tossed out a few doublet challenges for you from the Guinness Book of Words.  

Here’s two solutions to #4:  moving from HAND to FOOT:



Did you have either of these solutions?

A different one?

A shorter one?

Please share your solution below. 

More groovy transformations on the way!


1. Paula - August 18, 2010

Hmmm. . . Is this a suggestion for me to put my foot to work in lieu of the right hand? Only problem with that is I would have to get a MUCH bigger keyboard to accommodate my toes!

nrhatch - August 18, 2010

I know people who paint with their toes . . .

And we just heard of someone who typed with her toes to send an SOS after she was abducted.

So, it might be possible. : )

2. Paula - August 18, 2010

Like that Florida woman, with luck, I might be able to type in 911 on my phone, but not so sure the cord would help me, since the ones in our bedrooms are all cordless. I better get tied up in the kitchen, and make sure I am tied down in the right place! I have marveled at the work of artists using feet and/or mouths to draw and paint. Sometimes I think that true artistry will sometimes only come out through adversity, or a challenge.

nrhatch - August 18, 2010

I didn’t hear the whole story, but she typed on a laptop with her feet, I think.

And, yes, artists amaze me. Artists who paint with their feet or their mouths amaze me even more.

3. cindy - August 18, 2010

wahahaha! Lordy, makes me feel so much better about my own type of dancing. If Elaine can do it in public, so can I!

nrhatch - August 19, 2010

Most people couldn’t dance with such uncoordinated grace. : )

4. GretchensPianos - August 19, 2010

Ever played a pump organ?

nrhatch - August 19, 2010

The Hurdy Gurdy man! : )

5. Joanne - August 19, 2010

…and let’s not forget the true story that inspired “My Left Foot”…
I am still struck speechless — as IF — by these doublets…!

nrhatch - August 19, 2010

You? Speechless? Nah. : )

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