Terms for rotations

Whistler, Ken ken.whistler at sap.com
Mon Nov 10 18:12:26 CST 2014

> Look at this picture:
> http://www.permisecole.com/code-route/priorites/faux-carrefour-a-sens-giratoire.jpg
> Imagine you sit in this car and you want to turn RIGHT. What will you
> do? Will you turn the driving wheel clockwise or counterclockwise?

And now imagine that you are motoring in a 1904 Cyklonette.
Which way would you move the tiller? ;-)

Seriously, I think that Ilya's point is well-taken. Although in English
there is a strong association of the phrase "turn to the right" with
clockwise motion for control devices which rotate, if you take the
phrase out of that mechanical context and just talk about the
orientation of pictures on paper, there can be some ambiguity
based on the conceptual confusion with the concept of
"turning to[wards] facing the right", which can mean something
very different for symbols which seem to have built-in
directions, like arrows.


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