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Kissing as a greeting?
Posted 3/5/12

D01BCDN3 wrote:

It's alright, but I doubt anyone would touch me.


Lmfao.

HERPS. Jk. On the cheek, please. : )

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Posted 3/5/12 , edited 3/5/12
No, just please no.
Kissing and handshaking are unhygienic and helps spread bacteria.
Where I grew up a formal greeting was a handshake or even just simply nodding you head towards the other person. After a while when you get to know each other a slight, quick bow of your head is custom.
If someone tried to kiss me in greeting I’d probably propel backwards in panic.
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Posted 3/5/12
It's customary with the Saudi's I believe. My aunts, however, do it also.
Posted 3/5/12
It's awkward to have a bearded guy kiss you.
Posted 3/5/12
I hate kiss greetings. They urk me. Peoples spit on my cheek and all. The over affectionate old ladies are the worst, assuming since they are old their kisses don't still feel creepy to the younger.
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Posted 3/15/12
I've never given a greeting kiss, but I've only gotten one from like a kid who loves me like a big sis or something

I dunno....

I just prefer hugs >_<
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Posted 3/15/12
yes the kissing both cheeks as a greeting is normal
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Posted 3/15/12
Kissing both sides of the cheeks, try to do it the same time they do so, but only with family. (i would like to greet someone like this but they would take it the wrong way)
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Posted 3/15/12
I would surround myself with hotties and greet them all day.
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Posted 3/15/12 , edited 3/15/12
I dont think I have ever kissed anyone as a greeting- except my family.

my ways of greetings are as follows:
Family: Kisses and hugs
Friends: Hugs
Aquatint:"hello" or high fives
Strangers: Hand shake
Posted 3/15/12
I go for the lips.
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Posted 3/15/12
I hug close family and friends generally as a greeting or goodbye. Usually a handshake or slapping hands is preferred. I am reluctant to touch someone I don't know, although a handshake is acceptable if we've just met. It is very rare for me to embrace someone (other than a girlfriend of course), and kiss on the cheek is not something I do, but I would not be offended if a close female friend who I hadn't seen for a long time did it to me. However in some cultures I'm sure that it is perfectly normal and expected.
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Posted 3/16/12
Not in a greeting. I give my family kisses when they leave and it's more so on the cheek. My greeting is a 'Yo' or a glomp, depending on my mood and who you are.
Posted 3/16/12
If I'm prepared for it, like I'm going to a place where I already know it's the custom, then fine. I mean, it's not really my own habit, but whatever. I adapt.

But a couple years back, I visited an American friend who had been living in London for 10 years+. I hadn't been in London for 8+ years, and didn't know anyone closely when I was there...so when I received a two-cheek kiss from her (in front of her husband), I was a teeny tiny bit freaked out. Apparently this was sort of a fad with her social group, because for sure nobody living anywhere north of London really gave me that sort of hello...
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Posted 3/16/12
Well, I never kiss as a greeting. But I always give them a great bear hug!
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