Saturday, February 5, 2011
Quaint Greeting Customs from Around the World
In the now infamous scene from Crocodile Dundee, Paul Hogan’s character “Mick” grabs the genitals of a sexually-ambiguous individual at a socialite party in order to verify his or her gender, to which Mick’s love interest “Sue” responds, “Oh, he’s okay, he’s Australian"–the inference being that his behavior is appropriate for someone from the Land Down Under. And while this isn’t actually a common greeting custom in Australia, there are a number of customs practiced around the world that while seeming quite appropriate among certain cultures, would seem quite unusual among others. Read more . . .