If We Didn't Shake Hands, How Would We Greet Each Other?

Discussion in 'Alternate History Discussion: Before 1900' started by Kellan Sullivan, Mar 14, 2019 at 2:15 PM.

  1. Jared Voldemort Jnr

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    Gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "more arse than class."
     
  2. El_Presidente Are you a rebelde?

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    Maybe the Roman salute? IIRC it was a gesture to show that oneself was unarmed and thus had no intention to hurt the other, imo a good way to greet someone.
     
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  3. ShortsBelfast Events, dear boy, events

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    A clenched fist could conceivably conceal a small weapon so isn't going to develop as an alternative. Whatever developed would require either an open hand or some action actively using the hand in such a way as to indicate the other party was unarmed.
     
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  4. Histor32 Well-Known Member

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    glad that timeline failed

    however I was going to say spear to the chest or back .. or rock over head ..

    Hi me Uhg.. <cracks rock over other persons head> however in this case .. I guess your plan might work too or go along with said timeline.. but again, glad this didn't pan out very well and fell out of fashion
     
  5. Drex Alférez de caballería

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    Think that if there are infinite multiverses in one of them you're banged several times a day as a cordial salute and rapists are considered sort of social celebrities for being so polite to everyone. Better not living there indeed.

    I live in a small town in which the casual way to greet another person is just raising the head looking at him, maybe that could work.
     
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  6. Histor32 Well-Known Member

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    Seems less messy and not as intrusive to the private space
     
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  8. ShortsBelfast Events, dear boy, events

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    But that is based on already knowing who the other person is and not perceiving them as any kind of threat. The handshake is a formal greeting which descends from "I am not holding a weapon and don't have hostile intentions" countered by "I don't have hostile intentions either". So a Roman salute, a high five, an upraising both hands, a bow with both hands in "prayer position", a handclasp (i.e. both my own hands shaking each other) or a handclap are all plausible alternatives. Anything that doesn't prevent you holding a dagger is unlikely to evolve.
     
  9. vortiger Well-Known Member

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    kissing is still common in Europe.
     
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  10. Blorg We're star stuff.

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    In that case I kowtow to a IKEA manager

    "oh great master of the furniture grant me a small discount"
     
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  11. Dolan Lookin fer Gooby

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    Maybe in alternate universe with intelligent, sapient BONOBOS, such kind of greetings wouldn't be really out of place.
     
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  12. JennyB Old Enough to Know Better

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    As Saint Paul says (four times) with a 'holy kiss'. How about it, fundies?
     
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    We're Humans, not Krogan.
     
  14. Kellan Sullivan Well-Known Member

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    You could technically still stab someone while kissing them, so I think that that criterion would be problematic.
     
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  15. vortiger Well-Known Member

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    i don't actually shake people hands that often, but just give what looks like lazy Hitler salute and say "hey" or "alright".
     
  16. Triune Kingdom Well-Known Member

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    We already have something similar in RL. Have you ever heard of Croatian Handshake?
     
  17. Dolan Lookin fer Gooby

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    Wait, what?

    Well guys, we now knew the true reason why Tito-Stalin split occurred, and why Stalin grew much more paranoid in his later life.
     
  18. Histor32 Well-Known Member

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    How long did you have to search for this.. I mean.. Really I'm pretty adept at google
    . But like.
    "hey siri .. Find me. Full anal penetration ritual greetings around the world "

    "I found 1 obscure reference . Is your wife at home before I tell these results . And no its not north Korea "

    Also @sarapen . You really arsed this thread up mate . ++ 2 more pints for you
     
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  19. sarapen Well-Known Member

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    Man I don't even like butt stuff.
     
  20. Kellan Sullivan Well-Known Member

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    Learn something new everyday.
     
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