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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by HotRodSteve, Apr 24, 2019.
I don't know about hippies. I think it started in urban African-American society.
Mississippi John Hurt and Bukka White used to great each other this way so I think it started in rural African-American society...
Right on, brother. Right on.
This forum is like a whole bunch of Les Nessmans meeting Venus Flytrap for the first time.
AND.....you may have to explain that reference to a few of the members here.....
I've never had anyone uncomfortably squeeze my hand. That would be as creepy as no squeeze at all...
Yes, thats the 3 part, ending w the finger curl, unless you re Flip Wilson, then theres some hip action as well.. I can never remember all the movements, so just the Hippy part is good w me.
True but I prefer a handshake vs. how dogs greet each other for the first time.
I always extend my hand out daintily, fingers curled downward as if to say "Kiss my hand dear Prince !"
Yup - usually gets that reaction...
You guys are complaining about THAT?
You obviously never witnessed a 30 second "Dap" back in the 60's!
It really is. All of these traditions and the baggage they carry with them need to die. You can't tell anything from a hand shake and a look square in the eye, because the con artists have all perfected their technique and take advantage of the people who fall for this stuff.
the one finger palm tickle works well too for that.
I say we jut go back to the ol' fist thump on the chest. Very Roman centurion, or maybe Klingon.
I came up/went to school in a steel mill town inhabited by whites, blacks, mexicans, puerto ricans, Hungarians (hence the term "mill hunk") etc. The black dudes were the first ones using the "soul shake" as it was called then. Ypu started like the OPs pic, briefly lock your curled fingers and finish with the old school handshake. All kinds of options were added but that was the basics as far as I remember.
I'm anxiously awaiting the return of the single and double handed palm slap with arms extended downward as in "gimmee five or gimmee ten".
Down low! Too slow!
All this revisionist history.
I worked in the Quarter and in Downtown New Orleans in the 1970s, and most of my cohort were African American men of various ages with lots of street credibility. Some of the guys were from the Country but were working diligently to fit in (as was I).
And the handshake they preferred most, day to day is now contorted into something called the "dead fish" - only everything about it is wrong. You just use your fingers and thumb only, the palm isn't involved at all really, and the grip is not silly hard but it is there. We did this all the time - it was a standard greeting, man to man.
Now, if you won a big sports bet or were being greeted for the birth of a child or a brand new car, you get these other "famous African handshakes" or it comes when you haven't seen someone in too long but then usually the hugs intervene and they define the greeting.
I would suggest, unless you are wearing a dashiki, you probably didn't do the so called quintessential "soul brother" handshake so much. Or not like they show in the movies. But nobody wants to identify with a handshake that's now stigmatized as a "dead fish" by some ignorant fool who wasn't there.
Calling it an "urban" handshake is more politically correct nowadays...for those for which that is important I guess.
we were doing that in 1973, maybe they just hang with old people?