Last week on the basketball court, whenever anybody popped in a shot the other team members would clench a fist and they would all slowly bump each other's fists. Yesterday at my step-son's graduation I saw the same thing, this time it was the graduates butting fists as they returned to their seats after picking up their diplomas. Obviously, fist-bumping has replaced high fives as a "cool" greeting (or acknowledgement).
In the business world the traditional handshake still rules. Thursday night I was at a business banquet and handshakes were everywhere. But.....one table that was inhabited by early twenty-somethings begged to be different.....when they received their awards they were high-fiving and fist-bumping all over the place.
Alas.....it must be an age thing.
Once in a while you see people acknowledge each other with the 2-finger sign (victory to some, peace to some), the OK signal (usually created with a rolled thumb and the middle finger, the movie critic's favorite (thumbs up), the Roman Emperor's favorite (thumbs down), and the "gun" shape (usually pointed directly at the person you are acknowledging and you wink while you try to rememember their name).
My friend from up in northern Michigan always stretches his arm out and points, almost giving the impression that he is a teacher in the act of scolding a bad child.
All of this brings me to my questions. What are your styles of acknowledgement? Do you always shake hands or are you situational and use the method of those around you? Is the multi-step handshake in your bag of tricks? (You shake hands, then you.....believe it or not.....roll your fingers in and you shake hands of rolled fingers. I see this in bars a lot.)
Finally.....the most famous acknowledgement of all.....the middle finger raised. Often used as a sign of friendship and very often used as a sign of hate or disgust.
Rowan & Bear