Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Degrees of Firmness

1. You can take your shoes off here.

2. We take our shoes off here.

3. We do like visitors to take their shoes off.

4. Are you alright with taking your shoes off?

5. You don't mind taking your shoes off, do you?

6. Could you take your shoes off, please?

7. Take your shoes off, please.

8. Shoes off.

9. Shoes off now!


Casdok said...


Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...


Which degree would you go for?

scott gray said...

i live barefoot.

the only time i wear shoes is in church.

otherwise, i'm on holy ground, like moses.

Rose~ said...

An exhaustive study on this massive subject.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Scott, thanks for visiting.

I hope you wipe your feet before you come in your house.

Rose, you don't have to visit if you are not really interested.

God Bless


Rose~ said...

I am sorry if I came across badly, DF.

I think #4 is the nicest approach.

scott gray said...




Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Scott, good.

I am not sure what to make of people who go barefoot outside.

I do step outside to put stuff in the dustbin in my barefeet and I can just about imagine myself walking barefoot on grass, but otherwise I reserve going barefoot for indoors.

God Bless


Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...


Thankyou. You know I am not that keen on sarcasm.

Yes, I like 4# a lot, though I might be more direct with friends.

I got that one from the estate agent who conducts tours of the house.

It allows people to say 'know that is not alright.'

Interesting that you think it is nicer than the indirect requests. Do you dislike the subtlety of those ones? The 'hidden imperative?'

God bless you, Rose

Rose~ said...

I appreciate more directness. I never have cared for hidden imperatives. The come across like a mixed message to me.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Yes, if you can be polite, why not be direct?