According to Wikipedia, handshaking was practiced in ancient Greece as far back as the 5th century BC. And some researchers have suggested the handshake may have been introduced in the Western World by Sir Walter Raleigh during the late 16th century.
Probably didn’t wash their hands!
A clammy, limp handshake is disgusting. Plus, pandemic anyone? Did you know that you are only 6 handshakes away from dying a horrible, excruciating death? Here is a chart, so it must be true.
I move that we find another way of acknowledging each other and abolish handshaking altogether. But what form of greeting should replace the handshake?
The highfive? I would still have to come into contact with a sweaty palm. No thanks.
The fistbump? Touching is still involved. Pass.
The salute? Too formal.
A curtsy? Too fancy schmancy.
A bow? Not bad – but Asian people might think I’m mocking them.
The airkiss? Too phony.
A hug? Fine for friends (or Polt), but if I don’t want to shake your hand,
I certainly don’t want to hug you.
So what does that leave?
It’s the perfect solution. It’s friendly, yet allows one to keep one’s distance.
It works for all ages – from the littleuns’…
to the tweens…
to the oldz.
All the cool kids do it.
So next time someone wants to shake your hand, avoid that moist, grimy mitt.
Lock and load and fire off those fingerguns!