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Mom insists that as a “gentleman”, I should take my hat off in the house. I say it’s an old rule that doesn’t make sense any more. Can you help me convince her that it’s ok to keep it on inside? -Charlie
Sorry Charlie, I’m with Mom on this one. It probably has a lot to do with my generation…It’s all about respect. In fact, one of our local High Schools (here in central Nebraska) has a sign over the main entry of the gym reminding gentlemen to remove their hats.
It is an old custom, so I looked it up in Emily Post and here’s what she wrote about the history of removing hats inside:
From Emily Post's Best Question Archive For the week of February 9, 2004 (www.emilypost.com)
"Hat traditions and manners may have originated in medieval times when knights lifted their face guard to show who they were, or in the days of the cowboys when a hat was lifted and removed to show there was no weapon hidden underneath. It became a sign of respect to others that has always remained."
So, for now take you hat off when Mom asks...when you have your own house you can wear it all you want!