I recently heard someone say the "fist bomb." But that's not a real thing. He was probably thinking of FIST BUMP.
What is a fist bump?
It's a way of greeting, celebrating with, or just having fun with someone by putting your fists (closed hands) together.
In fact, former US president Barack Obama often uses the fist bump as a casual greeting or celebrating. This shows just how popular it is becoming in the United States and around the world. Let's take a look at Obama giving some fist bumps:
When can I do the fist bump?
While the fist bump is an appropriate greeting in some cases, it is sometimes too casual. Here's a quick guide on when to use it:
Meeting someone new? No fist bump. It's best to give a handshake.
Seeing someone you've already met? If you have a formal relationship with them, stay with the handshake. If you have developed a familiar relationship with them (where you often tell jokes, laugh together, etc.), you can replace the greeting with a fist bump.
Celebrating with someone? If you were going to give someone a high five in celebration, you can always replace it with a fist bump. However, a fist bump is a bit calmer and more laid-back. If it's something amazing that just happened, stick with the high five.
Saying goodbye? Follow the same rules as with saying hello. Formal relationship? Stick with a handshake. Informal relationship? Go with the fist bump.
It's also called: pound, fist pound, and bones.
If you have any questions about this or any other gestures in American culture, let me know in the comments below.
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