How to Hold Open a Door
January 19, 2011 6:49 AM Subscribe
What is the proper way to hold a door for someone you are walking with?
posted by jefficator to Society & Culture (25 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I've heard and read on innumerable occasions that holding the door for a lady with whom you are walking is an absolute given for any gentleman.
But I've often come across an awkward situation, and I'm not sure how to solve the puzzle it presents.
Say I am walking with a lady inside of a building. We come to the front door, which of course opens outward. It the building were of a certain type, a doorman would be standing there to open it for us. But say there is no doorman. Which of the following methods is preferred:
1) Cross in front of the lady and quickly exit first, making her break her stride momentarily while I get in front and hold the door open?
2) Perform a Herculean feat of strength by attempting to open the door all the way with my extended backhand, and then pass behind the lady out of the door? Invariably I can't hold the door to 90 degrees, so the lady is forced to skirt the awkward angle.
I'm shocked at how often this situation presents itself, and I'm never confidence I'm responding adequately.