Don’t Be a Namby-Pamby

In case you hadn’t figured it out (or read my About page), I am female. If you haven’t read my About page, why the hell not? I’m interesting.

By the way, how great is the word “namby-pamby?”

Anyway, one of my biggest pet peeves is when I extend my hand to shake someone else’s hand, I get this lame and flimsy finger squeeze poor excuse for a handshake. While it really irritates me when a female does it, it’s even more irritating when a man does it.

Dammit, grasp my hand firmly and shake. I’m (generally) not going to bite, and you’re not going to break my hand unless you’re, like, the Incredible Hulk or some poorly programmed robot.

A firm handshake is a universal sign of confidence and strength and to demonstrate mutual respect. Thus, everyone should have one. Yes, even ladies. I have one.

However, this is no license for the handshaker to crush the life out of his/her handshakee’s hand.

On the other hand (pun intended), a weak handshake will definitely leave an impression and not in a good way. Oftentimes called a “dead fish” handshake, such a flimsy, feeble, and flaccid handshake is not the impression you want to make. Or receive from another.

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