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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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1 year 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).

11 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 ^_^

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Kyasarin

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4 months ago #9649895        
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Sounds like England is the place to go! Though I suppose it's similar here in Germany...
I'm not a fan of touching people xP
Hugging is awkward, but the worst thing is French greeting with the kisses... THE HORROR! How does anyone do that voluntarily? With strangers???

Mikhails

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9 months ago #9591843        
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I'm like England

2 years 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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23 days ago #9683985        
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England, where women get pregnant from a single touch of a man.

3 months ago #9666481        
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We aren't very touchy in my family, maybe just the quick side hug at most. It's nice where I'm from then because people don't even pay attention to one another. If you accidentally touch someone, just say a quiet "sorry" and move away. That might just be me though because other people will just ignore me. I'm just too nice, my brother makes fun of me for it. Calls me a Canadian (nothing wrong with that, we just hear about super nice Canadians).

3 months ago #9659484        
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Sister Denmark looks cute, btw.

6 months ago #9624867        
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I know a English teacher here that inexplicably pets my arm...

Schweden

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8 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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