But indeed it is an idiom, it is used here in Colombia to describe people who can not dance very well.
Philippines has this, too. I guess it's a known idiom worldwide?
Let's just keep adding to the list, and see. I can confirm for Italy. Lui ha due piedi sinistri.
Is this idiom also used commonly in French? Or are we just getting a direct rendering of the English?
The French sentences that you can find in the lessons were written by French people. Sometimes, there is a direct rendering into English and it's easier for learners. We tend to favor these cases but since French is not a translation of English nor vice-versa, it can be tougher with idioms.
This is good because it is an idiom that back translates to English seamlessly, unlike the ones that don't, which are in their own idiom section.
These idioms are so insulting to lefties. We never say that someone has "two right feet." :)
Idioms reflect the world we live in. The use of the right and the left has been used this way by people all over the world for thousands of years. Besides, this is not speaking about being left-handed. As referring to someone who doesn't dance well, this expression really took off in the 1920's. No surprise there.
If left-footed people had two left feet, they would still do things awkwardly.
The world has been so awful to left-handed people. We not only have gauche, but then there is "sinister," which is another word for left-handed that has negative connotations.
It stems from long ago when people thought it was a bad sign and stuff when someone was left-handed, since 90% of people are right-handed. (Mabey it's just me, but I never notice when someone's using their left hand. That just goes to show how observant our ancestors were.)
In Dutch it is "two left hands" for people who are clumsy. Does French have that too?
In all likelihood this sentence is referring to a quadruped -- some type of animal that does in fact have two left feet.
Actually, it's an idiom (in both languages) meaning the person is clumsy and not very good at walking or running.
Where are you getting that info? Doesn't “quadraped” just mean any four-legged animal in general?