Sunday, December 25, 2011

Seasonal Greeting

I hope you are all having a lovely Christmas, if you celebrate it.

If you have relatives staying with you, I do hope they have taken their shoes off.

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Requesting is not Demanding or Forcing


Contrary to a lot of comments in the shoes-off debate, there is a difference between requesting people to remove their shoes and 'forcing' or 'demanding' them to do so.

I consulted the Meriam-Webster dictionary:

Request: to make a request to or of, to ask as a favor or privilege

Demand: to ask or call for with authority : claim as due or just, to call for urgently, peremptorily, or insistently

Force: to compel by physical, moral, or intellectual means

We do not force or demand that visitors remove their shoes, but we request them to do so.