Is shaking hands a crude and dirty custom?

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    I never really thought of this before, but a woman I work with recently commented that she views the custom of shaking hands as crude and dirty and should essentially be done away with.

    - Nice to meet you, here have some germs.

    - Nice to meet you too, here have some germs yourself.

    - I've been scratching my ass and picking my nose recently, here have some of that.

    Thoughts?
     
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    Maybe she just didn't want to shake YOUR hand? :lol:


    I don't believe in that germ bologna...Reach out and shake a hand, it won't kill ya!


    (Then run to the hand sanitizer, especially if it's flu season! :eusa_shhh: )
     
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    real men wash their hands and shake hands...the custom orginates to show that you have no weapon in your right hand....the normally dominate hand (left handers i dont even want the hate mail give it up)

    i shake hands. it is becoming a lost art..and i am bored with men who have hands softer than mine..
     
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    Reminds me of a scene from the movie Demolition Man with Sylvester Stallone and Sandra Bullock:

    [after futuristic, contact-free "sex"]

    John Spartan (Stallone): Look, Huxley, why don't we just do it the old-fashioned way?
    Lenina Huxley (Bullock): [stands up, shocked] Eeewww, disgusting! You mean... *fluid transfer*?
     
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    That's what the immune system is for.
     
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    It's making a comeback. All the 20-somethings I know shake religiously. In fact, 1950s style is making a serious comeback. Business casual is giving way to business formal, and casual parties mean shirt-and-tie.

    [​IMG]

    Then again, we are the next Greatest Generation.
     
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    It's only crude and dirty if you spit in your palm first.
     
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    For the record, I told my co-worker that I thought she was a paranoid freak, in the nicest possible way of course. I just wanted to see what others thought about it.

    And on a related note, dudes with limp handshakes shouldn't be trusted. There's something very very wrong about a limp handshake.
     
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    If both parties are holding on to each others hands, neither one of them is holding onto a club or a knife.

    It is avatistic and caveman like, and it has very old logic to it. Very sensible logic.


    It may be outdated, but it still makes sense.

    And in this day and age, washing hands is easy, and should be part of universal courtesy too.
     
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    Did you ask her how she felt about bumping uglies? I bet she thinks that is OK.
     

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