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Dan Goncharoff thegonch at GMAIL.COM
Wed Oct 4 15:01:05 EDT 2017


Before "high five" and "low five", wasn't there just "five", as in "gimme
five"?

DanG

On Wed, Oct 4, 2017 at 2:48 PM, James A. Landau <JJJRLandau at netscape.com>
wrote:

> On  Tue, 3 Oct 2017 11:20:29 Zone + 0000 Margaret Lee <mlee303 at YAHOO.COM>
> wrote:
>
> >My research does include rock 'n' roll but not cakewalk.  My early
> >research focused primarily on occurrences of black words and phrases in
> >the print media.  Now my focus is on electronic media, particularly
> >cable news and commercials.  <snip>
> >There are also non-verbal communication terms that have crossed over:
> >fist bump, chest bump, high-five.
>
> I have a question about not the name but the high-five _gesture_.
> I have heard that shaking hands originated as a way to say "I greet you as
> a friend, and I am showing it by placing my weapon-less dominant hand in
> your hand".
> Is this correct?
> If you think about it, the high-five appears to serve the same purpose: "I
> greet you as a friend, and I am showing it by placing my weapon-less
> dominant hand against your hand."
> Anyone agree?
>
> Does anyone know the origin of the _name_ "high-five"?  "High" is
> obvioius, "five" is less obvious (because all five fingers are involved?)
>
> Then there was the manager who was lecturing his employees on the
> company's sexual-harassment policy and summed it up in one sentence: "High
> fives are OK, but low fives are not."
>
> - Jim Landau
>
>
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