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March 2, 2009

I’d like to ban the phrase "kid gloves" from the internet.  I don’t even know what it means.  I know what people mean when they say it, but when I look at the phrase I don’t understand it.

I’d like to clarify.  It’s not just that the phrase make no sense (thanks to Julie and Erik for clearing that up).  It’s also that it annoys the crap out of me.  Like, it’s approaching the level of reaction I get to smokers.  Or that stupid stupid stupid California Lottery commercial that I always turn off when it’s on the radio.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. March 3, 2009 3:34 am

    Kid Gloves!
    “Kid gloves”: gloves that were made from a kid, as in baby sheep/goat/what-have-you. Since they were made from baby animals, they were softer than normal leather gloves, and therefore rather effete/daintier than normal gloves. Since you know what the expression means, I won’t bother with a definition, but that’s the basic etymology behind the phrase.

  2. Anonymous permalink
    March 3, 2009 4:31 am

    “Kid gloves” are gloves made with leather that comes from young goats (i.e. kids). This leather is extremely soft and delicate and you don’t want to use kid gloves for hard labor and related stressful (on the gloves and hands) activities such as disciplining children. So “to handle someone with kid gloves” means to treat someone very delicately and/or with little discipline.

  3. March 4, 2009 11:09 pm

    Why? I’m glad people explained what it meant since I didn’t know, but is there a reason for the hatred or just because?

  4. March 5, 2009 10:17 pm

    It is the big catch phrase for atheists when talking about religion. There’s about a thousand variants of “religion is always treated with kid gloves in this country”. They all have to say it. It’s unproductive, whiney, and overused. Also, the people that use that phrase are often very narrow minded in their views of religion, and just as unwilling as the religious people they criticize to open their minds.

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