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« For Political Junkies: 2008 Presidential Candidates. | WILLisms.com | Trivia Tidbit Of The Day: Part 64 -- Competitive Congressional Elections. »

The Seldom Not Awkward Man Hug.

The Denver Post (via The Obscure Store blog) has a lengthy examination of the male hug:

The hug, long reserved for women, celebrating sports victories, and men from other countries, is muscling its way into everyday American Guydom.

Stoic machismo still thrives, but at its heels yaps a touchier, Dr. Phil version of virility. Boundaries are eroding. Defenses are being scaled.

The male hug is complicating everything.

Men accustomed to the automatic and dependable hand clasp accompanied with a brisk up-and-down pump at dinner parties and college reunions, now must preface their greetings or goodbyes with intricate and split-second calculations based on body language, length of friendship and other factors.

There's even different types of hugs:

The Hip Hop

Guys greet with handshakes of various styles, pull themselves in toward each other, then bump their inside shoulders.

The Half-and-Half

Guys greet each other with standard handshakes, then reach around each other's shoulders with their left arms and pat each other's backs.

The Bear

Guys dispense with handshakes altogether. When they greet, the left arm drapes over the partner's right shoulder; the right arm goes around the waist. The left hand usually pats the partner's back.

A somewhat humorous and very interesting read.

Posted by Will Franklin · 31 May 2005 10:45 PM

Comments

My father inlaw had the best hugs in the world! He was an ex Marine in WWII. . . I really miss the way he would greet us at the front door with his big strong arms! He had no problem hugging! I miss him!

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at June 1, 2005 07:14 AM

my germaphobic self loves the new "punch" greeting. So much better than a handshake.

Posted by: hofzinser at June 1, 2005 08:45 AM