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Max The Magnificent   7/30/2014 3:01:33 PM
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@Ariella: But curtsies seem to require a full gown.

Well, I only ever wear shorts (or jeans) and Hawaiian shirts, so you shouldn't expect to see me curtsying in the near future LOL

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Max The Magnificent   7/30/2014 2:59:47 PM
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@Antedeluvian: There could be problems there as well! Just make sure you get bottles or don't drink from the can LOL

Fortunately, alcohol rarely touches my lips LOL

 

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Ariella   7/30/2014 2:58:03 PM
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@antedeluvian interesting, yes, some men do use handshakes as regular greeting, and in some more casual contexts that turns into slaps on the back, etc. As for the son shaking his mother's hand, that's an interesting one. We'd have to do some research to ascertain if that is indeed a Swiss custom or unique to this particular family. 

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Ariella   7/30/2014 2:55:33 PM
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@Max I also thought bowing has an advantage. Come to think of it, a couple of hundred years ago, the protocol over here probably included bows and curtsies. But curtsies seem to require a full gown.

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antedeluvian   7/30/2014 2:54:34 PM
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max

make do with a gift of beer

There could be problems there as well! Just make sure you get bottles or don't drink from the can LOL

 

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Max The Magnificent   7/30/2014 2:45:02 PM
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@Ariella: Currently, we're in a generation of obsessive hand-sanitizers, so I suppose many would prefer not to come into direct contact.

Maybe the Japanese have it right with the bowing -- although keeping track of how low you should bow to each person is a tad tricky.

I'd be happy do do away with the handshake and make do with a gift of beer LOL

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Max The Magnificent   7/30/2014 2:42:28 PM
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@Antedeluvian: The residents at my mom's retirement village [...] employ the elbow bump.

Well -- I learn something new every day -- I just Googled this myself (you aren't the only one who knows how to Google LOL) -- according to this Wikipedia page, "An early popularization of the elbow bump began outside the Kalaupapa Leprosy Settlement in 1969..."

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antedeluvian   7/30/2014 2:40:49 PM
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Ariella

 My guess is that men from an American or European background would feel more obliged to shake hands upon introduction.

I find from my South African acquaintances (only male) that they extend their hand as they walk in to door, irrespective if they have met you 1000 times before. Sometimes also when they leave.

And I actually saw my Swiss cousin shake hands with his mother!

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Ariella   7/30/2014 2:37:03 PM
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I'm not very into handshakes myself. I mean I don't extend my hand first, though I will shake that of another. I recently introduced a couple of people just casually just offering names. They didn't shake hands. I don't know if that's a gender thing because these were women or if it was a contextual thing, as this wasn't a business introduction, just a polite one because I knew the two women from two different contexts. My guess is that men from an American or European background would feel more obliged to shake hands upon introduction. Currently, we're in a generation of obsessive hand-sanitizers, so I suppose many would prefer not to come into direct contact. I think it's an opportunity to bring gloves back as an indispensable fashion accessory.    

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antedeluvian   7/30/2014 2:35:40 PM
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Max

much like the legendary "knee knock"

That has a decidedly Goon Show sound/feel to it.

 

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