In the post-pandemic world to come, some are saying that we should no longer practice shaking hands as the standard and traditional way of meeting or greeting someone formally.
Obviously because of the germ-spreading potential it carries.
Well, if we do that, and the traditional handshake is no more, what shall we do in its place, when we meet someone and must do something
to acknowledge the other person?
There are a number of alternative forms of formal greeting being tossed about
and discussed on the web now as possible future substitutes, some seriously, some humorously, such ashttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbk3zqv464y
Or maybe there won't be a global standard, and regional preferences will dominate.
But it seems to me that in choosing a new way of acknowledging a formal meeting with someone, some general rules should come into play, which a number of the proposed new ways in the above video would fail to satisfy.
While something like the “namaste” (hands in prayer position, slight bow forward) has a certain gracefulness to it, it, and anything like it requiring two hands, is out, because businessmen carrying briefcases would need to put them down first to do it. Too much trouble.
So called “foot shaking” and “elbow bumping” (see video) are just silly, and possibly even dangerous, as one might wind up tripping the person one is "greeting" in this manner.
Using the Vulcan salute (it has actually been proposed) would be a difficult maneuver for some to master, and likely culturally unfamiliar to non-Western peoples.
Hand over heart? Dunno,
open to misinterpretation maybe. Raising hand like asking a question in school? Possibly.
And I can’t imagine we’d want to go with something like a Prussian salute, either (clicking heels together while bowing briskly towards a person).
just a simple nod, possibly with a slight bowing from the shoulders, and maybe a smile and quick “How do you do?” Wouldn’t that be enough?
It may well be that the traditional handshake really is on its way out, but what we put in its place is certainly
open to question at this point.
Any ideas as to what the new way should be, seriously or otherwise? Describe below what you think might be good. Who knows, maybe you’ll be on to something, and it will catch on as the new way to say “Hi! Nice to meet you!”