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That's a bit weird, isn't it? You don't need to do that.
I just don't have a left hand.
All visual innit.
It is a bit weird. I'm a nodder.
there's a lot of value in a good handshake
I liked it
It catches them off guard, then I work the charm. Then my girlfriend takes the piss out of me
If it's that one where you shake their hand and kinda gently clasp the two shaking hands with your other hand for a moment, that's okay. That's more of a 'I'm pleased to see you' than a 'I am meeting you and this is what is expected of us' handshake.
i find the double handed handshake a bit creepy and a bit yuppyish
they somehow feel even worse than 'I'm going to crush every bone in your hand and smile while I'm doing it' iron-vice handshakes.
Noone shook hands. Then you leave school and it all kicks off. Kissing girls on the cheek as a greeting - that took even longer. I am still crap at it.
If you know what I mean, just be decisive when somebody female arrives (or you arrive), say hello and give the kiss on the cheek. Friend, family, acquaintance kiss them all.
Fine with it in principle, just don't like it when you go for just one and the other person tries to shift you onto the other cheek too. Always catches me off guard.
All depends where they're from:
- English = 1
- French = 2
- Dutch = 3
- Me = 1 inept air kiss
I always end up nearly kissing my girlfriend's Grandmother on the lips as she is as indecisive about cheeks as I am. Fuxache.
It's worse when you get their ear.
they've just put it in the key to scare everyone
as in, I've grown accustomed to doing it, but I hate first-time cheek kissing, when the other person is more of a cheek presser than a cheek kisser, but, not knowing this, you end up half kissing their hair or something.
always shake hands with my best chaps at the start and end of a meet
more and more as my freinds get older, maybe its because we dont see each otehr as much as we used to? Either way I hate it.
I also really dont enjoy the whole kissing mates girlfreinds on the cheek thing or hugging them at the end of the night - just completely unnecessary
Grab hold of the buggers and give em a squeeze. That goes for the men and the women.
I ain't European enough for that.
my friend once nuzzled (I know that's the worst word of all time) into my shoulder by accident then jumped back a couple of metres before apologising. It was very funny.
Awkward hugs is a whole other thread though really.
...as that's the pinnacle of manliness. At other times, depends on whether I've seen them in the last week or so I guess.
Better than at particularly emotional (ie drunk) occasions such as weddings/xmas/Fridays when I have a tendency to start kissing my mates. Oh the humanity...
nothing like being affectionate with people you like brah
I like a big hug and kiss with my friends when I see them
not people you consider good friends that you see all the time.
You always assume the other person thinks "what a wimp. Can't shake hands for shit". However the feeling is usually mutual, especially if contact was made just with the fingers. The best thing to do after a weak handshake is for someone to say "hang on, let's try that again" and do a proper one.
but I totally judge people for having shit handshakes. I assume they're not thrilled to make my acquantaince.
As for kissing, I find it a mindfield.
I remember being with some Mexican women in America. I'd figured out that the done thing was giving them a kiss at the end of the night. I got with that programme fairly easily.
But then on the Sunday morning, they were practically lining up to kiss me.
So I just thought, "right, we're officially all best mates now so I have to kiss them every morning and every night. Fine."
Cue Monday morning and they look at me like a massive perv when I go to give them a kiss.
Then they explained about the custom of kissing people on Sunday morning. Fucking weirdos.
Also, in Belgium, the amount of times you kiss a woman on the cheek is dictated by whether she is older, the same age, or younger than you.
But, you're always supposed to downgrade it, so you let the woman think you think she's younger than she really is. Otherwise they get offended.
thats quite interesting
we do a lot o fist bumping. Esp if you're leaving a party and too tired to hug everyone
Am I just not grown up enough? I hope I never turn into one of you freaks.
but i knew that i had become a man(child).
But your friends, who you trust and (hopefully) like as people, as kiss on the cheek is just a really friendly affectionate greeting?
kissing is an issue for me. You have that awkward shuffle before it, getting your head into position and all that. When my grandmother and aunts have tried to kiss me, I've just kind of tried to get into position and I never kiss back because that's fucked up. Just feels wrong.
Then again, I do live in Australia so it's usually a shitty fake hug from girls and firm handshake from blokes.
however i'd like to see a playful slap on the cheek become the standard greeting.
Uncle Leo says hello.'
i've never managed to fully figure out what the female etiquette is meant to be. there are a few friends with whom hugging is well established, but then when they're in a group with other people that i don't know so well, i'm never sure if it's weirder to go in for a hug with them too, or just shake hands, or not do anything at all, which is gonna be awkward if i've just hugged everyone else and they will think i hate them. MINEFIELD. why can't everyone just high five ffs
Is it usual? I do it all the time.
I always seem to turn my hand 90 degrees so their hand is facing upwards at a slant too? Also, its a great way of seeing if they fancy a porking, cos theyll look you in the eye and keep hold of your hand for a second longer than natural. Little tip there fella ;)
if you stroke the other person's palm with your middle finger as you're pulling away from the handshake. So horrible!
Friends, workmates, girlfriends, grandmother EVERYONE
The nuggy has lost its edge recently, fosho
the americans seem to like it. Or a full swirly if you're greeting the person next to a toilet.
so you may as well flush their head
I do it sometimes. Is that weird? I don't spin my hand around before doing it like some wanker, it's pretty basic.
but if i get a limp handshake from somebody i've already made up my mind that they're a bedwetter and weren't raised properly. i couldn't possibly put into words why it seems to mean so much, but i just know that it does.
its an annoying trait to pick up