Lefty Lucy, righty tighty.

Discussion in 'French-English Vocabulary / Vocabulaire Français-Anglais' started by Arzhela, Feb 28, 2011.

  1. Arzhela

    Arzhela Senior Member

    Hello everybody,
    Does someone know how I could translate this phrase in French please ?
    My context : a man is trying to drive a wheelchair for the first time of his life and, pushing on all the buttons he finds and he says this sentence.
    Thanks for your help.
  2. franc 91 Senior Member

    English - GB
    He's playing around with words - perhaps he's giving the wheelchair a nickname (Lucy) -ie go left Lucy and then saying that he's getting the knack of making it work for him. Righty-tighty is another way of saying OK or okeydokey.
  3. Egmont Senior Member

    Massachusetts, U.S.
    English - U.S.
    Are you sure that it's not "lefty loosey?"

    The phrase "lefty loosey, righty tighty" is a common way to remember, or to tell other people, which direction to turn a screw. Turning it to the left loosens it. Turning it to the right tightens it.

    The man must think that this will apply to the controls of the wheelchair.

    I doubt that this involves a pet name for the chair or anything similar.
  4. LivingTree

    LivingTree Banned

    English - Canadian

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