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You know how in some situations you're expected to take your hat off as a mark of respect? What if in an alternate universe somewhere everything is exactly the same apart from you take your socks off instead. Just a thought, from me to you

@Shrigglepuss Forget Covid, that'd be an even better reason to keep rooms well ventilated

@Shrigglepuss Would seriously impressive things then be said to knock your hat off?

@Shrigglepuss In Ann Leckie's Ancillary series it's taboo to not wear gloves. Thought that was kind of cool.

@Shrigglepuss I see it as a way for the author to comment on human cultural behavior without taking a specific thing that already exists. It's sci-fi. Also everybody has the pronoun "she" as we hear the story through a certain someone who 1) doesn't care about gender and 2) comes from a place where the language is gender neutral, and we're reading a translation.

In the universe hands are seen as intimate. IIRC.

Sorry for being serious. Your post was fun. :)

@Shrigglepuss Um also you have to take your shoes and socks off before entering a mosque, so I think that alternate universe of yours already exists. :)

@human_equivalent I'd remembered about that after posting it and was 50/50 about posting a follow-up acknowledging it, but I think that sucks the fun out of imagining a row of people taking their socks off for the Queen etc =D
I like the sound of a book that's a sci-fi translation and with added in translation quirks!

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