More Thoughts on the Taxonomy of Chinposin

@jonno is one of us. Even though, much as I hate to point it out, that’s one disturbing pucker you got there – look a bit too echinoderm for comfort. Jon was the first guy in the chinerati to post an indepth comment on this blog, which I am taking the liberty of posting in full below. Mr Collins is an industry analyst, but don’t hold that again chin. He also writes books about prog rock weirdos like Marillion. But now, with chinposin, he has more authority than ever. See that’s pose- that’s credibility.

We have our second t-shirt winner. Here are his thoughts:

Seems to me that there are personality types emerging, based on people’s interpretation of what holding a chin is all about. These include:

– Gravity – such chinposers furrow their brows and grasp their chins between thumb and forefinger, as if holding the front of their heads might in some way alleviate the situation mapped out before them

– Astonishment – part surprise, part incredulity causes the movement of hand to chin

– Wry disappointment – witnessed frequently when taking one’s car in for a service, only to leave wondering whether one could really have been so stupid in the past. Requires gentle head shaking

– Impossibility – the only reason to hold the chin is because there is no other action left in what has become a disappearing spiral of pointlessness

– Whimsical elitism – the Derren Brown effect, or affectation results in a quick chin-clasp to indicate how very, very insignificant everyone else is

– Deep thought – when the chin support becomes a necessary element of a posture involving reduction of blood supply to all body parts apart from the brain, which suddenly becomes inordinately heavy.

I’m sure more will become clear as the chinerati sample size grows.



March 7, 2008. 1.

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