Philellinas wrote:Our flagging Greek needs a boost: boustrophedon. Literally it means "ox turn" but is defined as ploughwise as in writing from right to left and left to right on alternate lines. Apparently some of the ancients were a dab hand at writing "backwards" as well as forwards. Ambidextrous writing? Certainly dextrous.
A friend of mine recently picked up an Inspector Morse novel by Colin Dexter entitled "Service of all the dead" in which the following sentence occurs:-
"She then walked boustrophedon along the pews on either side of the main aisle, replacing on their hooks whatever loose hassocks had been left on the floor, flicking the pew-ledges with a yellow duster, and at the same time collecting a few stray hymn-books and prayer-books".
Perhaps I should have said Dexterous writing. This may be an example of a hapax legomenon.