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The Polish Hand Shake.


JaeTheProducer 3 | 33  
12 Sep 2008 /  #1
How come it feels like I am in an arm wrestling match whenever I shake A Polishmen's hand?

I understand a firm handshake unconsciously gives a good impression on someone, but I now always gear myself up for when i'm meeting a Polish man. You know, like tensing my arms in order to give as bad as i get.
miranda  
12 Sep 2008 /  #2
How come it feels like I am in an arm wrestling match whenever I shake A Polishmen's hand?

that is how they shake people's hands. it is impolite to give so called "fish handshake" in Poland. Also, you can tell a lot about the person by the way they shake hands.
Hueg - | 320  
12 Sep 2008 /  #3
tell a lot about the person by the way they shake hands

Yes. For instance whether to accept an offer of Peanuts or not. :)
polishgirltx  
12 Sep 2008 /  #4
How come it feels like I am in an arm wrestling match whenever I shake A Polishmen's hand?

well, maybe if you stop shaking hands with people like a sissy, you may start liking a firm hand shake...
OP JaeTheProducer 3 | 33  
12 Sep 2008 /  #5
Ha ha ha. You're so funny!!!



Please don't be disrespectful.
ShelleyS 14 | 2,893  
12 Sep 2008 /  #6
Ha ha ha. You're so funny!!!

What was funny? I think she was being perfectly serious.
McCoy 27 | 1,275  
12 Sep 2008 /  #7
and perfectly right
dcchris 8 | 432  
12 Sep 2008 /  #8
true its just the way to show they are glad to meet u where I grew up they said never trust a man with a weak handshake
Zgubiony 15 | 1,554  
12 Sep 2008 /  #9
How come it feels like I am in an arm wrestling match whenever I shake A Polishmen's hand?

Because most men like a firm handshake and not a limp wrist.
ShelleyS 14 | 2,893  
12 Sep 2008 /  #10
I grew up they said never trust a man with a weak handshake

or little hands! aparently sly men have little hands! weasly men have little hands and weak handshakes :)
OP JaeTheProducer 3 | 33  
12 Sep 2008 /  #11
Look people, I am not talking a 'firm' handshake. I'm talking about a handshake that attempts to test your might.

You know what, you people are just in a 'get mad' mood today. So you can't even get my handshake. Have a middle finger.

Please don't be disrespectful.

Ok Mr Red Text.
Zgubiony 15 | 1,554  
12 Sep 2008 /  #12
or little hands!

Well, I wouldn't go this far...little men have little hands to match. I'm not the tallest, but fear my kung-fu grip :)
ParisJazz - | 172  
12 Sep 2008 /  #13
where I grew up they said never trust a man with a weak handshake

U grew up in a Neo-Nazi Jugendcamp ? :-)

PJ
miranda  
12 Sep 2008 /  #14
You know what, you people are just in a 'get mad' mood today.

no we just telling you that you are being silly with posting such questions. You have no idea about Polish culture and you are NOT interested, but very keen on assuming things.
OP JaeTheProducer 3 | 33  
12 Sep 2008 /  #15
You have no idea about Polish culture and you are NOT interested, but very keen on assuming things.

You came across like one of those school teachers you really wanna slap.

P.S: Miranda is a tranny's name.
jimbobuk1977 1 | 4  
12 Sep 2008 /  #16
Well to me the whole handshaking, everytime one of my polish staff comes into work is just something we english are not accustomed to, I understand totally that its a polite jesture, but to us its only something very formal, for job interviews etc not an everyday thing.
benszymanski 8 | 465  
12 Sep 2008 /  #17
you guys - stop making me laugh. You just made me spill my tea.
polishgirltx  
12 Sep 2008 /  #18
Well to me the whole handshaking, everytime one of my polish staff comes into work is just something we english are not accustomed to, I understand totally that its a polite jesture, but to us its only something very formal, for job interviews etc not an everyday thing.

yes, it's one of the cultural differences... in the place where i live right now, everybody hugs... i got used to it and i like it... i think that when i finally visit Poland i will want to hug everybody also...lol
McCoy 27 | 1,275  
12 Sep 2008 /  #19
You're growing on me Mr M :)

should i be afraid? ;)
Lodz_The_Boat 32 | 1,535  
12 Sep 2008 /  #20
that is how they shake people's hands.

but we dont break people's hands! :D ... its just a warm hand shake... what else? The soft hand shake is for the woman!
BubbaWoo 33 | 3,510  
12 Sep 2008 /  #21
polish men tend to give firm handshakes and look you in the eye when doing so

as a man should

and when they raise their glass to you they look you in the eye

as a man should
10iwonka10 - | 396  
13 Sep 2008 /  #22
I was in Croatia few days ago and noticed that they also quite often shake hands.
Maybe it is more eastern -south European custom.
Lodz_The_Boat 32 | 1,535  
13 Sep 2008 /  #23
Where did Handshakes originate from? ... England?
ShelleyS 14 | 2,893  
15 Sep 2008 /  #24
Nah, it dates back as far as the egyptians.
Zosia 1 | 51  
15 Sep 2008 /  #25
Lodz the boat "the soft handshake is for the woman"

or wimpy men...

i know plenty of women who can give a pretty strong handshake, it's not just reserved for men ;)
southern 75 | 7,096  
15 Sep 2008 /  #26
Typical eastern european handshake.
noimmigration  
15 Sep 2008 /  #27
LMAO @ eastern europeans trying to be cool
osiol 55 | 3,922  
15 Sep 2008 /  #28
Some people develop a wet fish handshake for professional purposes - to tell the person they are dealing with that they are somehow open, listening, even pliant, malleable, ductile and so on. This can be merely to lull their contacts into a false sense of security. I don't like it, but I also don't like having my fingers broken.

and when they raise their glass to you they look you in the eye

and if you don't have a glass, get one. I've just been handed a bottle. This means I now have to give up my computer for a little while. Fair payment? That depends on what's in the bottle.
Kilkline 1 | 689  
15 Sep 2008 /  #29
or little hands! aparently sly men have little hands! weasly men have little hands and weak handshakes :)

Jeremy Beadle for instance.

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