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【美国】Tipping ones hat-轻轻摘帽是一种礼节

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FewAmericanstiptheirhatstoday,partlybecauseetiquettehasloosenedandpartlybecausetheydon’twearhats.Untilthe1950s,however,mencommonlytippedtheirhatstowomen,andremovedthementirelyindoorsandinelevators.(In1949,thefirstknownguidelinesforelevatoretiquettewereissued:menweretoldtoleavetheirhatsonbecausetoomanywomenwerecomplainingofknocksontheirheadswhenmensalutedincrowds.)Butinthe18thcenturyitwasnotconsideredbadmannerstoweartheirhatsindoors.Amanwouldtakeitofftogreetalady,butthenhewouldputitrightbackonhishead.Thereasonfordoingsoisperfectlyplain.Inthefirstplace,thehatservedasabadgeofrankthroughmostofthehistory,avisiblemarkofstatus.ThistraditionmayhaveitsrootsinRomantimes.InancientRome,aheadcoveringwasansymbolofsocialorpoliticalsuperiority.Inthesecondplace,onecouldnotdrawaswordeasilyifhewasholdingthehatinhishand.

Justascoveringtheheadsymbolizeddominance,souncoveringitsymbolizedsubmission.EversincetheearlyMiddleAges,toremoveone’shat-whetheritwasmadeofclothormetal-hassignifiedobedience.Theoriginalsenseofthecustomismirroredintheexpressions”withhatinhand”(whichmeans”showingexcessiverespect,andtooeagertoobeyandserve”,)and”Itakemyhatofftohim”(whichmeans”Iexpressmyadmirationforhim.”)

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