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antedeluvian
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antedeluvian   7/30/2014 2:22:33 PM
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It seems to me that I have seen the elbow bump as being an even better method of reducing germ transmission.

And I do know that there was some research that found that a kiss transferred less germs than a handshake. I know there was the research because I remember a comedy show showing a business meeting descending (ascending?) into a rather passionate affair. Whether the research is correct, I don't know. Here is a reference (google is a great tool!)

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Max The Magnificent   7/30/2014 2:26:33 PM
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@Antedeluvian: And I do know that there was some research that found that a kiss transferred less germs than a handshake.

Don't get any ideas LOL

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Max The Magnificent   7/30/2014 2:27:50 PM
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@Antedelivian: It seems to me that I have seen the elbow bump as being an even better method of reducing germ transmission.

I have yet to see that performed in public (much like the legendary "knee knock" :-)

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antedeluvian   7/30/2014 2:31:45 PM
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I have yet to see that performed in public

The residents at my mom's retirement village (where she is resident, not that she owns)employ the elbow bump. I just remembered where I had seen it used. That is in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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antedeluvian   7/30/2014 2:35:40 PM
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much like the legendary "knee knock"

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

 

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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 2:40:49 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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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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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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antedeluvian   7/30/2014 2:54:34 PM
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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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