Applause! Applause!

A big hand please for Richard Foster, as he looks into the power of applause.

Why do we clap our hands to show our approval?

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Audience appreciation has a long and complex history, its origins lost in pre-history and social anthropology. We know that applause is different in other cultures, but are there subtler differences between types and degrees in our own? Why is it considered inappropriate to applaud in many churches? Brian Morton presents a fast-paced and humorous A to Z of the history and function of applause, how it has evolved and what it signifies today.

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A big hand please for Richard Foster, as he looks into the power of applause.

Why do we clap our hands to show our approval?