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    He blew hard on his mittened hands to keep them warm - what do I make of it?

    Hello.

    The other day, I came across the sentence in the heading and to tell you the truth, I don't quite understand it.

    I know that it means that he produced a strong jet of warm air from his mouth and directed it at the mittens (gloves that separate four fingers from the thumb) that he was wearing. What I don't understand is why he would do such a thing. What's the point of him blowing hard on the hands covered with mittens if the act of wearing the mittens should keep his hands warm. The mittens themselves are enough to keep hands warm.

    Could you enlighten me on that?

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    Re: He blew hard on his mittened hands to keep them warm - what do I make of it?

    He must have felt that warming the outside of his mittens would make them more effective. I've certainly been outdoors in temperatures so low that mittens alone were not enough to keep my fingers warm!
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    Re: He blew hard on his mittened hands to keep them warm - what do I make of it?

    Quote Originally Posted by JACEK1 View Post
    What I don't understand is why he would do such a thing. What's the point of him blowing hard on the hands covered with mittens if the act of wearing the mittens should keep his hands warm?
    But people do blow on their mittens in cold weather!

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    Re: He blew hard on his mittened hands to keep them warm - what do I make of it?

    I understand the sentence grammatically but I don't get it mentally. If he has to blow on the mittens, maybe he should replace them with thicker ones.

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    Re: He blew hard on his mittened hands to keep them warm - what do I make of it?

    Probably true but if he's halfway up a mountain in winter (I'm not saying he is!), a mitten shop is probably rather hard to find!
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    Re: He blew hard on his mittened hands to keep them warm - what do I make of it?

    I agree with Jacek1, it does seem rather pointless. Perhaps it was just a reflex action?
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    Re: He blew hard on his mittened hands to keep them warm - what do I make of it?

    Or if it's twenty-five below (thirty below, Celsius).
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    Re: He blew hard on his mittened hands to keep them warm - what do I make of it?

    If the mittens were knit, then the warm air would easily pass through.

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    Re: He blew hard on his mittened hands to keep them warm - what do I make of it?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    If the mittens were knit, then the warm air would easily pass through.
    Apart from the 'knit' (it would be 'knitted' or, more probably, 'woollen' in BrE), that post came as a relief to me. Only yesterday I was walking in the snow in woollen gloves (it would have been the same had they been mittens) and, my hands becoming cold after a time, I blew warm air on to my hands through my gloves. I have done this since childhood.

    The reactions to this act in this thread were beginning to make me think I must be a freak.
    Last edited by teechar; 17-Jan-2017 at 10:42. Reason: tiny typo

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    Re: He blew hard on his mittened hands to keep them warm - what do I make of it?

    I can't understand why people bother with knitted gloves and mittens except in the mildest weather. The wind blows right through them. I do use a pair of army-surplus knitted gloves, but only as liners for my leather hunters' mittens. For extreme cold - below minus ten Fahrenheit or so - I add silk glove liners to the bundle.
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