LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||08/SET/2005 5:38 PM|
There are different kinds of matches.
We have a kind here in the house which are made of wood and are called "Strike on Box Matches" and they ignite when scratched on the abrasive side of the box. These are probably the same kind you have.
Matches that one finds in the little folders are called "Safety Matches" and they have to be ignited with the abrasive strip. Those matches have an extra layer of material on the outside to make sure they will not ignite when they rub against each other. In the old days these matches could ignite when someone sat on them and rubbed two match head together. Or, maybe they put a heavy tool box on a match box or a match folder and the pressure squeezed two or three matches together and there was ignition. This lead to fires and loss of life and property. So, safety matches became the norm.
You can't ignite/strike your matches on the sole of your shoes because you have the wrong kind. Also, you probably have soles that are rubber or plastic and not real leather unless you live in Rio Grande do Sul where they wear heavy duty leather boots.
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