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    Question To touch your cap

    "... and he [the soldier] touched his cap, for he had never seen such a dog as that before." (From HCh Andersen, The Tinder-Box)

    I understand that "to touch one's cap" means here "to salute" and that the soldier wanted to show in this way his appreciation to the dog. Am I right?

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    Re: To touch your cap

    Yes - though it is more a token salute than a full salute, and it is a sign of respect rather than appreciation.

    Men would touch their forefingers to the front of their caps/hats as a symbol of raising the hat from the head as a sign of respect.

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    Re: To touch your cap

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Yes - though it is more a token salute than a full salute, and it is a sign of respect rather than appreciation.

    Men would touch their forefingers to the front of their caps/hats as a symbol of raising the hat from the head as a sign of respect.
    Thanks. This is done in Poland as well, but rather by older men as a kind of respectful greeting.

    Nyggus

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