The Hankie Scale

As I see it, the scale is as follows:

  • 1 hankie - a little weepy. Eyes tear up.

  • 2 hankies - a little weepier. A tear or two might actually spill over the eyelids but can be ignored or wiped away with fingertips.

  • 3 hankies - More than a few tears. Need an actual hankie or tissue to cope with them.

  • 4 hankies - Actual crying and probably runny nose. Lasts a couple minutes, at least, and requires more than one tissue or hankie.

  • 5 hankies - wracking sobs.