Friday, 24 April 2009

The High (Fri) - Five: Official Definition

This from Wikipedia:

A high five is a celebratory gesture made by two people, each raising one hand to slap the raised hand of the other — usually meant to communicate mutual satisfaction to spectators or to extend congratulations from one person to another. The arms are usually extended into the air to form the "high" part, and the five fingers of each hand meet, making the "five", thus the name. In addition to the standard high five, several variations exist in order to add uniqueness to the experience and to maximize satisfaction.

If one initiates a high five by raising a hand into the air and no one consummates the celebration by slapping the raised hand, the initiator is said to be "left hanging." This is considered to be a somewhat embarrassing faux pas. Initiating a high five excessively can also be considered a faux pas. Initiators will sometimes ask the other participant to "give me some skin". While the origin of the high five remains unknown, its existence could very well be centuries old, as evidenced in the referencing of the "salutation of slapping palms" in poet Daniel Kamenetz's 1850 play, Among Combatants.

A related gesture, the high ten involves raising two hands at the same time simultaneously to another person and then with both hands at the same time hitting the other persons hands. This is also commonly known as a "double" high five.

- Team work: Epic -

And the Low Five:

The low five, a variant of the high five, can be traced back as far as the 1920s. In the 1927 film The Jazz Singer, an ecstatic Al Jolson gives another character the low five upon hearing that he was asked to audition for a Broadway revue.

- The joys of a good Low Five transcends even mortality -

Have a great day minions!

1 comment:

  1. Hahaahaaaaa - that rob is a genius!


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