Here are a few things that do not help, if you want others to think of you as manly:
- Beginning an answer or a discourse with the word "so." Like most grammatical aberrations, I would not say it should be utterly condemned. Language is an art, and using a device like this on occasion may be clever, and add just the touch you may want. On the other hand, I would strongly suggest that those of you who do it all the time please think about how lame it begins to sound to the objective observer, especially for men who want to be taken seriously.
- Taking part in a medium that has the name "twitter," and doing anything that can be called "tweeting." I am not opposed to the medium per se, though I haven't yet made use of it. However, I cannot and will not swallow such terminology.
- Drinking any beer that is light, or "lite", or in any other way made for women.
- Referring to your hooded sweat shirt as a "hoodie." If a woman is wearing it, then yes, I can see it being called a "hoodie," but guys? Many of you 20-somethings and younger have grown up with this nomenclature. It's not your fault. I wish you guys would learn to be a bit more countercultural, though.
- Spending much time with cartoons, or comics, or superhero movies, unless it is to pacify an actual child. And you shouldn't let him watch too much of it either. (The one superhero I kind of like is Po, the kung fu panda who finds too many reasons to eat-though I haven't seen the second movie yet.)
- Feeling offended when someone challenges you on anything. I realize, for example, that what I write above will cut some of you. So please remember, it's okay for friends to tease each other. You're a big boy.
- Any sort of contemporary style of public worship. And on this one, I'm not even teasing.