[Ads-l] attactics; chest bumping

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sat Nov 14 16:40:10 UTC 2015


In my middle-school days (ca1960), "Gimme five!" indeed meant a
congratulatory hand slap, but it would be called a "low five" today.

Back then, you didn't have to specify which five you meant, because there
was only one kind.

See HDAS I for additional down-low.

I don't recall ever seeing primitive anthropoids chest-bump, but
conceivably I wouldn't have noticed/ cared if I had.

JL

On Sat, Nov 14, 2015 at 10:30 AM, Joel Berson <berson at att.net> wrote:

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> Millions of years ago, among (some species of) primates.
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> Joel
>       From: Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM>
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>  Subject: [ADS-L] attactics; chest bumping
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> CNN speaks of Donald Trump's "attactics" against Ben Carson.
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> Earlier this week they spent some time discussing chest bumps. No, not that
> kind.
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> Does anyone know when this peculiar practice began?=C2=A0 I doubt that I
> wa=
> s
> aware of it more than a dozen years ago, if then.
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> Similarly (and maybe we've discussed this), I first became aware of
> high-fiving in the early 1980s.
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> JL
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