The first Rule that is
indisputable and critical, is DO NOT mess with a cowboy's hat. I knew someone
who, in a Texas bar, heard a man ask his cowboy friend "Can I try your hat
on?". The man just looked at him and said, "You wouldn't want me askin' to try
on your underwear would you? So don't ask to try on my hat." A cowboy hat is a
very personal, and sometimes very expensive, item that you don't pass around.
In some places, to touch a man's hat without permission will get you pile-driven
into the wall, you just don't do it.
There are two degrees of politeness:
- With your hat-lifting or tipping
it, which you do for strangers.
- Taking it off, which you do for
Tipping your hat is done by barely lifting it off your
By the crown of a soft hat, or the
brim of a stiff one.
Your cigarette, pipe or cigar should
always be taken out of your mouth before removing or tipping your hat.
2. Taking it off
A. A man takes off his hat
- When he is being introduced, or
- as a greeting when passing
someone he knows on the street;
- when talking, particularly with
a woman, an older man, or a clergyman;
- when the National Anthem is
being played, or the flag is passing;
- at a burial, or (except in large
cities) in the presence of a funeral procession.
B. A man tips his hat:
- when walking with a friend who
passes a woman only the friend knows;
- any time a lady who is a
stranger thanks you for some service;
- any time you excuse yourself to
a woman stranger, as in a crowded bus when you jostle her, or when you
have to ask to crowd past;
- any time a stranger shows
courtesy to a woman you are with, as when. a man or woman picks up
something she has dropped, or a man gives her his seat;
- when you ask a woman (or elderly
man) for directions.
C. Indoors, a man always takes off
his hat, except:
- in public buildings, such as
railroad stations or post offices;
- in entrance halls and corridors
of office buildings or hotels;
- in elevators of public or office
buildings. (You have to use your judgment about this, though. In a
department store elevator full of women you might take it off. Also, if
a woman you know gets into an office building elevator, you would
probably take it off, and you certainly would do so if you started
talking to her.)
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