October 23, 2006

minor irritation

OK – another thing that annoys me – people who assume that socks should match. They can never offer any explanation as to why, they just seem to think it’s a given. It seems to be because they’re bought as pairs, and the pairs when you buy them match, so they should always be worn that way. But that makes no sense. No other item of clothing is always worn accompanying another. It’s like there’s some sort of unspoken assumption that they should, but that’s just culturally determined. And yet if you think about the amount of time that’s wasted on such a pointless exercise as matching them up, we could lead so much more fruitful lives if we freed ourselves from the tyranny of sock-matching. I’m sure I save about five minutes every morning by just picking two at random.

Maybe if shops just sold them as packs of non-matching socks then we could escape this rigid mindset. Hhhmmm maybe there’s a market there.

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  1. Well there is a practical reason…. It is to do with equal wear. Matched socks tend to wear equally if worn together. Ho I am the Punmeister!

    Of couyrse this assumes that you manage to keep your socks together long enough for them to actually wear out. My experience is that one useually goes to the sock dmension leacving the other to clutter up a draw somewhere in this dimension. I have a theory about this that is something to do with socks and anti-socks but we won’t get into that….

    The upshot is that I and many others have draws full of single socks, hoping that one day, the other will return.

    As you are a auser of single socks, I suggest that every send thier unwanted socks to Mark Childs in the Centre for Academic Practice.

    24 Oct 2006, 13:22

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