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A squee and a poll. [Nov. 14th, 2006|04:06 pm]
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Squee first. My first volunteering session with The Food Chain is this Sunday! Bounce! Squeeeeeeeee! The Food Chain deliver meals to people who are chronically ill as a result of HIV. I'll be working one Sunday morning a month as a kitchen assistant. It is a bit scary (I've never worked in a professional kitchen) but very exciting. (If you live in London and can drive: they're currently a bit short of drivers. More details on the site.)

And the poll. It's only an actual poll because some people find them more convenient than commenting. Please comment instead if you prefer to answer that way.

What situation or situations would “I held her hand” imply to you?

What situation or situations would “I held her hands” imply to you?

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[User Picture]From: alan1957
2006-11-14 07:02 pm (UTC)

suspicious, me? wot makes yew fink that, eh???

took me a while ter work out 'wot' yew meant...'n' now i'm busy trying ter work out 'why' yew arsked the above...

i must admit that the question 'why is this person arsking me this, 'n' wot do they indeed ter gain by the answer' is nearly always my first reaction to any question...no matter 'ow innocent it may seem.
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[User Picture]From: nou
2006-11-14 07:11 pm (UTC)

Re: suspicious, me? wot makes yew fink that, eh???

Oh, right, sorry, I don't do trick questions. You only had to ask! Although I should perhaps have mentioned it in the post.

I was editing a paper this morning which had some quotations in it; the quotations are translated from the original language, so I edit those too. I changed “I held her hands” to “I held her hand” in one place, and wrote a comment explaining why, giving some examples of the connotations the former phrase has for me. I thought it would be interesting to see what connotations it has for other people too.

Incidentally, this sort of thing was also the initial inspiration for my poll about couple/few/several.
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-11-14 07:24 pm (UTC)

Re: suspicious, me? wot makes yew fink that, eh???

fank yew for the explanation...of course were yew ter give explanations to similar questions yew might be influencing your correspondents answers, which would spoil the point.
incidentally now i know why yew've arsked the above i would answer quite differently.

btw i answered the one about 'couple' a while back 'n' thought it woz a curious mathmo type question.
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[User Picture]From: nou
2006-11-14 07:29 pm (UTC)

Re: suspicious, me? wot makes yew fink that, eh???

You can change your poll answers, if you like, by clicking on the number of the poll ("Poll #867424" in this case) and then choosing "Fill out Poll".
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[User Picture]From: alan1957
2006-11-14 08:32 pm (UTC)
sorry for my bad manners, i forgot ter say good luck for your volunteering...i give it a fortnight before yew are running the kitchen! ;-)
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[User Picture]From: nou
2006-11-15 09:35 am (UTC)
Thank you! I don't think I actually want to run the kitchen; though they did mention that there are openings for lead cooks, that's more of an admin/planning role and to be honest I get enough of that at home :)
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[User Picture]From: vashti
2006-11-14 08:57 pm (UTC)
"I held her hand" implies condolence and reassurance to me, rather than anything romantic or sexual; I think this is simply because handholding is such a pervasive part of Stuff and Things that it goes without comment.

"I held her hands", to me, implies restraint, force, and various other kinds of unpleasantness.
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[User Picture]From: nou
2006-11-15 09:37 am (UTC)
That makes sense. Regarding "I held her hands", another situation I came up with was holding someone's hands in order to show them how to do something with them, eg hold a musical instrument.
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[User Picture]From: caramel_betty
2006-11-15 12:01 pm (UTC)
The first thought I had for "held her hands" was of someone talking to someone, perhaps sitting opposite them and holding both their hands. Perhaps trying to calm them down, or coming out with a big confession, or something.

I had recently been watching an episode of a TV drama in which a character had gone into shock, and something similar was done to them. Which explains why I had that reaction, I guess.

My other reaction was to think of Tom Lehrer's I Hold Your Hand In Mine.
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[User Picture]From: caramel_betty
2006-11-14 09:53 pm (UTC)
(If you live in London and can drive: they're currently a bit short of drivers. More details on the site.)

I do and can, but they're all in the centre of London relative to me, which takes a LONG time to drive to.

Google Maps reckons about 30 minutes to drive 12 miles. Given that it can take me the best part of 15-20 to drive to the A10 from here when it's moderately busy (about four miles, perhaps), I think I'll ignore that figure.
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[User Picture]From: nou
2006-11-15 09:39 am (UTC)
Aw, that's a shame. I'm lucky in that the Bermondsey kitchen is about 5 minutes' walk from my house.
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[User Picture]From: julietk
2006-11-15 10:31 am (UTC)
bah, I both live in London & can drive, but really don't have the time to commit to volunteering atm :-(

I don't think I can answer the poll Qs without context, which is probably missing the point! Or my brain hasn't fired up yet...
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[User Picture]From: therealdrhyde
2006-11-16 01:44 pm (UTC)
Same here unfortunately, my weekends are just too unpredictable and I imagine they want regular volunteer drivers more than they want people who can just do the occasional weekend.
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[User Picture]From: nou
2006-11-16 03:58 pm (UTC)
No, they really do want people who can just do the occasional weekend; unless "occasional" means significantly less often than once a month. They don't ask for more than one morning a month.
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[User Picture]From: nou
2006-11-16 03:59 pm (UTC)
And it doesn't have to be the same morning every month, either; I mean, you don't have to promise them the first Sunday of every month, you just work out dates as and when, depending on when you're free.
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[User Picture]From: pfy
2006-11-15 07:08 pm (UTC)
Sorry, not enough context, even after reading the comments. The only thing I can say for sure is that I would be holding more hands in the second example than in the first one. Either phrase could be used in a context where the intended meaning was reassurance, guidance, restraint, force, physical support, affection, and probably a good number of other things. Or, indeed, any combination of those meanings.
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