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When I went to England I noticed that people would apologize or even freak out if they as much as touched my little finger. At first I thought that maybe I was putting people off, but later it was explained to me that English people are just incredibly nervous about touching people they don't know very well.

I've been to conventions in quite a few countries by now, and England is the only country where most people asked for a handshake rather than a hug. :XD:


2nd March 2012

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10 months ago #9503359        
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Haha, but here in England, we consider it weird to hug or touch people we don't know. However, we would thank the bus drivers. On the other hand, there's no way I could kiss or hug someone I'm meeting up with (even friends), though I would do that with my family or someone who was leaving (but only a hug).

5 months ago #9558667        
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Is it possible to be both? I don't mind people touching me, ehhhh that sounded wrong, but I'm seriously like England if I ever touch another person... even if it's a friend ^_^

1 year ago #9463543        
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Oh, we does that in Sweden too. We really don't like touching people we don't know. I even feel awkward hugging my FRIENDS sometimes. The only ones I'm totally comfortable with hugging is my family and small children. But instead of apologizing when we touches someone we don't know we most ignores it like "If I don't talk about it it didn't happen". I think swedes have some of the biggest "personal spheres" in the world, actually. You can just look at busses. Many prefer to stand up in them rather than sitting next to someone you don't know, and when we're going with our friends we often takes seats on different sides of the path so we don't get too close to each other. It's kind of strange, but we don't like touching. So we're quite much like England. Like, touch someone you don't know and you're scarred for life. XD

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5 days ago #9624867        
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I know a English teacher here that inexplicably pets my arm...

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2 months ago #9598047        
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Ever since I came to Australia I've noticed people say 'sorry' ALL. THE. FREAKING. TIME. Like, one time I accidentally bumped into a girl and SHE said sorry before I even had a chance to. In Sweden we just say "ops" and carry on our way

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3 months ago #9591843        
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I'm like England

3 months ago #9585613        
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BOIIII

4 months ago #9571039        
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I'm English and I like hugs. normally, guys get weirded out by the greeting hug so I shake hands all boringly, but most of my friends that know me know that I'm going to hug them. And my parents generation will always do the two kiss thing for male/female greeting. But I hate that, because I never know which way to go first or how loud to kiss because you don't actually kiss them you just kiss right next to their cheek and that is awkward and too complicated. Hugs are just easy and less complicated and friendly.

5 months ago #9556235        
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I'm ... not as bad as England, but I do hate touching people I don't know, even shaking hands. I'm also not a huggy person, unless you are my family or cat. :D

6 months ago #9554199        
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Sad bit is, this is totally me when I touch people. I get so nervous and run.

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