Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Getting fussy about definitions

What is a no-shoes home?

A no-shoes home is a home in which there is a strong and manifested expectation that persons entering remove their shoes.


You do not have a no-shoes home if you only ask family and very close friends to take their shoes-off.

You do not have a no-shoes home if you would like people to take their shoes off, but you never ask them to do so.


However:

You still have a no-shoes home if you make exceptions for the elderly, infirm, workmen, occasional refuseniks and others.

You still have a no-shoes home if you live in a country where removing shoes is the norm and would never need to ask.

5 comments:

richyrich said...

Is it you who's made these definitions?

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Yes, I did. I doubt there is anything in the Oxford Dictionary about it.

Do you want to challenge my definition?

richyrich said...

Do you want to challenge my definition?

Not really, although maybe I would argue that a home is still a shoes off one if all the family always take theirs off as soon as they enter, even if they don't ask it of all visitors.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

I don't think they can really claim to have a no-shoes house if they let shoes in on visitors' feet.

Maybe they are on the way.

Canadian said...

I am in the last category. Never asked anyone to remove their shoes but they always do, except if they just stopping by and don't take their coat off either, or they are a worker come to fix the toilet.