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Shaking One's Fist [Jul. 1st, 2018|08:14 am]
Tony Grist
People in Charles Reade's novels regularly shake their fists at one another- or at the heavens- and when they do I find myself thinking "And now we're in theatreland"- but I suppose fist-shaking must once have been a real thing.

I can't think I've ever seen it done- not in real life, that is.

So was it once a real thing or was it always just a theatrical and literary convention?

And, finally- supposing it was once a real thing- why and when did people stop doing it?
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[User Picture]From: puddleshark
2018-07-01 08:13 am (UTC)
I regularly shake my fist at my spaniel. But as a theatrical gesture, not as a real threat.

In a previous generation of my family, when people regularly hit dogs (and children), it would have been a genuine threat.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-07-01 09:08 am (UTC)
I suppose so.

And it's died out because corporal punishment is no longer acceptable?
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[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2018-07-01 02:38 pm (UTC)
Shaken my fist - yes - often at the weather!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-07-01 04:57 pm (UTC)
Curse you, black cloud!
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