I heard someone in a video using the phrase "off hand" when referring to the left hand of a right-handed person.

Is this a common thing to say?


Yes. In fact, at least in AmE, it is probably more common than "non-dominant hand". "Off-hand" is also significantly older than "non-dominant hand", having been in use for centuries, as opposed to "non-dominant hand" which has really only been in general use for the last 50 years or so, with the first known use being in 1940

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  • Can we say "on hand" as an opposite? – Moha Apr 19 at 22:15
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    @Moha I've never heard that. – Kevin Apr 20 at 1:14
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    That's really interesting, because this is the first I'm hearing of that usage. – the-baby-is-you Apr 20 at 4:27
  • @the-baby-is-you You've never heard of "off-hand" for you non-dominant hand? – Kevin Apr 20 at 4:27
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    @the-baby-is-you " I'm probably just remarkably ignorant, happens to the best" Eh, everyone's got gaps in their knowledge that seem weird to someone else. – Kevin Apr 20 at 4:30

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