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Posted by littlefish (Member # 966) on June 11, 2007, 09:44:
 
I've been pondering for a while now.

Firstly, why when you button your cuffs do they overlap, but when you use cufflinks they go side to side? Why not put the button on the other side of the shirt cuff?

Secondly, why do people represent snoring with ZZZzzz, when that is the noise a bee makes, not a sleepy person. Surely HHHHhhhhh, or HGHGHGgghghg would be better.
 
Posted by wittylikeacid (Member # 8676) on June 11, 2007, 09:59:
 
quote:
Originally posted by littlefish:
I've been pondering for a while now.

Firstly, why when you button your cuffs do they overlap, but when you use cufflinks they go side to side? Why not put the button on the other side of the shirt cuff?

Secondly, why do people represent snoring with ZZZzzz, when that is the noise a bee makes, not a sleepy person. Surely HHHHhhhhh, or HGHGHGgghghg would be better.

i cant say about the cuffs, probably just some way the fabric folds or reacts to being pinned down at certain angles. the snoring thing was probably just a cartoonists interpertation (sp?) of snoring. in France, instead of "woof" "woof", they put, "arrt" "arrt" next to a barking dog. so..i think it all depends.

and wow, that was longer then expected.
 
Posted by Stereo (Member # 748) on June 11, 2007, 10:27:
 
quote:
Originally posted by littlefish:
I've been pondering for a while now.

Firstly, why when you button your cuffs do they overlap, but when you use cufflinks they go side to side? Why not put the button on the other side of the shirt cuff?

Secondly, why do people represent snoring with ZZZzzz, when that is the noise a bee makes, not a sleepy person. Surely HHHHhhhhh, or HGHGHGgghghg would be better.

For the sleeping onomatopoeia, it may be how some people will have this slighly nasal breathing, or with the other common representation of sawing a log; I can't really tell. But for the cuff, I believe it's a matter of level of dress-up - a formal shirt uses cufflinks in order to have a specific look, while the button-on cuffs will have a less-formal "attitude" to it. Or maybe the cufflinks was (is?) one more way for a man to show his well-off-ness (gold, diamonds or other gems, and other valuable materials used) without being too ostentatious. But I would assume that such shirts aren't that confortable with a jacket (especially if narrow-sleeved) so the over-flapping version is more used for day-to-day wear.

quote:
Originally posted by wittylikeacid:
(snip)in France, instead of "woof" "woof", they put, "arrt" "arrt" next to a barking dog. so..i think it all depends.

I don't live in France, haven't even been there, but in Quebec, we get to read their graphical novels, and I can say I have never seen "arrt" associate with a barking dog. It may have been "arf", but most commonly, it is "ouaf", "wouf", or something similar. But there are many regionalisms in France, so it may depends of where you are, really.
 
Posted by littlefish (Member # 966) on June 11, 2007, 11:14:
 
I have a shirt with both cufflink holes and buttons. I can't see any difference in comfort wearing it either way.
 
Posted by Jessycat (Member # 1171) on June 11, 2007, 11:28:
 
Does it have French/double cuffs?

EDIT: I just did some googling and learned that they do make single layer cufflink cuffs. Weird. I'd only ever seen cufflinks in French cuffs.
Learn something new every day!

And I can't hazard a guess to your original "why" question, littlefish, other than... fashion? Which sometimes makes very little sense to me in the first place. [ohwell]
 
Posted by Grummash (Member # 4289) on June 11, 2007, 13:21:
 
quote:
Originally posted by littlefish:
Firstly, why when you button your cuffs do they overlap, but when you use cufflinks they go side to side? Why not put the button on the other side of the shirt cuff?

Just the simple mechanics of trying to effect each type of closure with a single hand - and half the time not even your "good" hand.

Try putting in a cufflink with the two cuff ends overlapped, and then try fastening a shirt button (where the two sections of fabric overlap) again with just one hand.

I reckon that we do it the way we do it because it's just too difficult the other way.

YMMV etc [Smile]
 
Posted by wittylikeacid (Member # 8676) on June 11, 2007, 13:35:
 
quote:
Originally posted by Stereo:
quote:
Originally posted by wittylikeacid:
(snip)in France, instead of "woof" "woof", they put, "arrt" "arrt" next to a barking dog. so..i think it all depends.

I don't live in France, haven't even been there, but in Quebec, we get to read their graphical novels, and I can say I have never seen "arrt" associate with a barking dog. It may have been "arf", but most commonly, it is "ouaf", "wouf", or something similar. But there are many regionalisms in France, so it may depends of where you are, really. [/QB]
i had a friend who was from Paris, we used to look at the cartoons that her mother brought back for her and the dogs would always say, "arrt". so it probably does depend on where you are located.
 


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