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#1 Posted by Bell_End (1203 posts) -

When you meet new people do you greet them with a firm manly hand shake or a yo man 'sup fist bump. or do you have some kind of wild secret hand shake like the free masons

im a handshaker

#2 Posted by TheSouthernDandy (3925 posts) -

Handshake. Fist bumps are for my bros. I'm using that unironically.

#3 Edited by Positrark (316 posts) -

Handshake all the way. I'm not nearly bro enough to ever consider a fist bump.

PS: Why is this not a poll? Seems like a missed opportunity.

#4 Posted by SaFt (390 posts) -

Handshake, i've never met anyone who actually fist bumps. Is that a thing?

#5 Posted by Bell_End (1203 posts) -

@Positrark said:

Handshake all the way. I'm not nearly bro enough to ever consider a fist bump.

PS: Why is this not a poll? Seems like a missed opportunity.

yeah i thought that as i posted... to late to change now

#6 Posted by SMTDante89 (2588 posts) -

Handshakes. I rarely do fistbumps even with my friends, we mainly do them as a joke every now and then.

#7 Posted by Vexxan (4614 posts) -

If someone I didn't know tried to greet me with a fist bump I would immediately assume he/she is an idiot.

#8 Posted by sleeping143 (66 posts) -

Handshakes man! If someone reached out with a fist, I'd wrap my entire hand around his knuckle and sneer at his bro-ness.

#9 Posted by Seedofpower (3949 posts) -

I shake it like a salt shaker.

#10 Posted by GloriousDinosaur (435 posts) -

My close friends its a fist bump.

People I don't know too well is a handshake transitioning into a cand clasp.

Meeting people for the first time its a regular handshake.

#11 Posted by Fattony12000 (7580 posts) -

Always the Nazi salute, always.

#12 Posted by GentlemanlyGentleman (320 posts) -

Damn, I was hoping you would've said fist bump. That way I could say I use a handshake because I'm not a bell end. Frustration abound!

Anyway, handshaker here.

#13 Posted by ValiantGrizzly (497 posts) -
@TheSouthernDandy
Handshake. Fist bumps are for my bros. I'm using that unironically.
This.

Handshake for casual acquaintances and new people.

Fist bumps for my bros.

Troy and Abed handshake for a select few.
#14 Posted by andriv (257 posts) -

I don't do fistbumps, out of an adventure time context

don't like shaking hands either cause sadly to many people don't know how to wash there hands

the Japanese have the right idea with the small bow, but i'm not japanese

#15 Posted by Ksaw (353 posts) -

@Vexxan said:

If someone I didn't know tried to greet me with a fist bump I would immediately assume he/she is an idiot.

This. It's a pretty useful way to differentiate between reasonable people and assholes. Nothing necessarily wrong with fist bumps after some familiarity has been established

( depending on the circumstance...I guess? )

Come to think of it, most first encounters I've had with people haven't involved any sort of hand contact.

#16 Posted by Yummylee (22576 posts) -

@SMTDante89 said:

Handshakes. I rarely do fistbumps even with my friends, we mainly do them as a joke every now and then.

This. Fist-bumps are pretty stupid and I'd like to imagine anyone who does them ever does so for the ironic funnies factor.

#17 Posted by MattyFTM (14433 posts) -

Who fist bumps in real life? I do not want to meet those people.

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#18 Posted by leinad44 (537 posts) -

Handshake. Fist bumping people makes me feel like an instant arsehole.

#19 Posted by Positrark (316 posts) -

@andriv: @andriv said:

I don't do fistbumps, out of an adventure time context

don't like shaking hands either cause sadly to many people don't know how to wash there hands

the Japanese have the right idea with the small bow, but i'm not japanese

It would be pretty awesome if you started bowing when meeting someone. I wonder what percentage would respond in kind.

#20 Posted by cid798 (250 posts) -

Sorry, I do a lot of fist bumping. In all fairness I work in an environment where handshakes aren't really possible. Fork lift work. But yes, outside of that - it is god damn animalistic.

#21 Posted by EVO (3941 posts) -

An old boss of mine used to always go the fist bump, he believed there were less germs that way.

#22 Posted by ImHungry (377 posts) -

Hi-5s are the only way to go.

#23 Posted by Twiggy199 (509 posts) -

@Seedofpower said:

I shake it like a salt shaker.

You win!. (My First smile of the day.)

#24 Posted by Canteu (2821 posts) -

Handshakes.

Brofists are for assholes.

#25 Posted by SexyToad (2722 posts) -

I go in with a hand/fist. I let them decied.

#26 Posted by Beaker (94 posts) -

Handshakes all the way.

#27 Posted by SamStrife (1286 posts) -

@GloriousDinosaur said:

My close friends its a fist bump.

People I don't know too well is a handshake transitioning into a hand clasp.

Meeting people for the first time its a regular handshake.

This.

#28 Posted by morrelloman (609 posts) -

usually handshake. Then I tell them I'm going to vote for Mitt Romney. Then I kiss them on the forehead. Then I smell their ass like a dog.

Honestly if someone I just met goes for the fist bump it is kind of a diss. Unless they are trying to kiss your ass and give you dap for doing something sweet.

Like making a funny joke or accomplishing an alcoholic feat of sorts. Side note NEVER FIST BUMP CHICKS you want to bang - there is no sex after fist bump.

#29 Edited by Ravenlight (8011 posts) -

I punch people in the hand. I don't make many new friends.

#30 Edited by MrKlorox (11209 posts) -

I go for a nod and a howdy doo, then only resort to a handshake if they put their hand in.
 
edit: A bow is just an overemphasized nod, right?
 
edit2: If someone tries to introduce themselves with a fistbump, the correct response is to clasp their fist with both hands as if they were offering it for a shake, and shake it sympathetically like they had cancer or a relative of theirs just died.

#31 Posted by Hunter5024 (5978 posts) -

I'm a fist bumper and proud... but only with people I already know. If they want me to punch their fist the least they could do is buy me a drink first, until then I'm just going to give them a too firm handshake, because I'm always afraid of giving a limp one and I overcompensate.

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#32 Posted by GunslingerPanda (4859 posts) -

I tickle their balls.

#33 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

Nothing. I find such rituals imposing.

#34 Posted by Tylea002 (2295 posts) -

There are 3 Levels among friends, Level 3 being the highest.

  1. Handshake
  2. Hi-5
  3. Manly Hug

There are no alternates.

#35 Posted by BaneFireLord (2957 posts) -

Hand shakes. 
@Positrark said:

@andriv: @andriv said:

I don't do fistbumps, out of an adventure time context

don't like shaking hands either cause sadly to many people don't know how to wash there hands

the Japanese have the right idea with the small bow, but i'm not japanese

It would be pretty awesome if you started bowing when meeting someone. I wonder what percentage would respond in kind.

And I'm totally going to start doing this.
#36 Posted by Brendan (8167 posts) -

@BaneFireLord said:

Hand shakes.
@Positrark said:

@andriv: @andriv said:

I don't do fistbumps, out of an adventure time context

don't like shaking hands either cause sadly to many people don't know how to wash there hands

the Japanese have the right idea with the small bow, but i'm not japanese

It would be pretty awesome if you started bowing when meeting someone. I wonder what percentage would respond in kind.

And I'm totally going to start doing this.

Weirdos .

*Curtsies*

#37 Posted by High_Nunez (214 posts) -

I like these kinds of threads. It demonstrates how up-their-own-ass, or neurotic people are about something as trivial as greeting rituals. As for me, handshakes if I'm meeting someone for the first time. After that, I don't have any kind of protocol. Whether it's fist bumps, handshakes, thug-hugs, overly complex handshake that makes a snapping sound at the end; I go for whatever makes sense at the time.

#38 Posted by stryker1121 (1587 posts) -

How about a good old-fashioned high five? Fist bump for me usually comes on parting w/ friends, not meeting them initially. Meet new people a hearty handshake all the way. I'm not in college anymore. way past it actually.

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#39 Edited by Klei (1768 posts) -

I usually handshake, but if I'm doing a porn scene with an actress, and other males are around, I'll fist bump. That's how it goes, usually. You don't really have time to handshake in such positions. It's also not very hygienic.

#40 Edited by thebipsnbeeps (559 posts) -

I probably do hand shakes when I meet new people, but if I'm comfortable enough with you, I'll throw in the fist bump for variation's sake. Wait; that'd be kind of awkward to greet somebody with a fist bump, wouldn't it? Really, now that I think about it, isn't fist-bumping more of an alternative to high-fives or maybe hugs than like hand shakes? Reminds me of American Psycho when the business men high five each other over their banter about people. I know when someone says something righteous, I'll fist bump or something; I wouldn't shake his/her friggin hand.

#41 Posted by andriv (257 posts) -

@BaneFireLord said:

Hand shakes.
@Positrark said:

@andriv: @andriv said:

I don't do fistbumps, out of an adventure time context

don't like shaking hands either cause sadly to many people don't know how to wash there hands

the Japanese have the right idea with the small bow, but i'm not japanese

It would be pretty awesome if you started bowing when meeting someone. I wonder what percentage would respond in kind.

And I'm totally going to start doing this.

let's start a revolution

bowing in the west

#42 Edited by Jams (2966 posts) -

Roman handshake for close friends

Normal handshake for uptight white collars

cowboy nod for blue collars

Odelay with an upwards head nod for mexicans

You gotta know your crowd man!

Edit: Oh yeah fist bumps are for dorks. I once met a guys fist bump with a handshake just to confuse him. I ended up shaking his fist.

#43 Posted by Gamer_152 (14113 posts) -

Handshaker. I'm not sure I've ever met anyone who would fist bump without a hint of irony but then I do live in the UK.

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#44 Posted by Apparatus_Unearth (3245 posts) -

Handshakes are the best, but I do fistbump every once in a while.

#45 Posted by TobbRobb (4850 posts) -

You know, if I got to choose, I would wave. Or like, say hello. But most people around here expect a handshake... Or hug in some cases. Never fistbumped anyone other than as a joke, but I would technically prefer it for the lowered contact time.

#46 Posted by HerbieBug (4208 posts) -

Wave from a safe distance.

I am not comfortable with physical contact. If hand is offered, I will shake it, if only not to cause offense. But I will never initiate a hand shake.

#47 Posted by ProfessorEss (7523 posts) -
I'm more of a handshaker myself but a sign of mutual respect is a sign of mutual respect and I have no qualms with participating in whichever transaction is presented.
#48 Posted by BombcastGoldthwait (250 posts) -

Handshake, anyone tries and fist bump me, I take down with a leg sweep.

#49 Posted by pyromagnestir (4339 posts) -

Neither. Both require physical contact with another human being. I find that to be mostly uncomfortable.

#50 Posted by mlarrabee (3064 posts) -

Meeting for the first time, three firm shakes do it.

Acquaintances get two, and close friends get the single.

And it's the "clasp thumbs, pull to chest high, lean in, and slap the back" for long-lost friends.

And, no, I don't usually analyze my greetings this much.