Another example (and hence the title) is when someone meets Dave and goes to shake his hand. Dave usually doesn’t see this (although will sometimes anticipate it anyway), and so, on the occasions that he doesn’t I (Vicky) will just say (quietly to Dave) ‘Hand’. Out of context this would, obviously, be weird, but as the person has usually spoken first, this quick word is enough for Dave to put his hand forward before the other person takes their hand away in embarrassment! The other option would be for the person putting their hand out to say ‘shall I shake your hand’ but again this is awkward if the person doesn’t know how much sight Dave has. The other important part to this is that you’re giving that information quietly (or so just they can hear) to the person you’re with – it’s not information everyone else in the room needs to hear.
More complicated things include describing people – how much information is helpful or is this a visual thing that adds to our making assumptions about people – maybe this is for another post!
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