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You'll find that it's a fairly common gesture in the Deep South among both men and women -- a way of saying, "Hey, how're ya doin'?" to someone after he or she has had a long day.

So this is the cultural equivalent of kissing someone on the cheeks as a hello or goodbye? I remember arriving back from home for my second semester my freshman year and a female acquaintance coming up to give me a hello and happy new year hug. I automatically reacted by beginning the triple cheek kiss that is standard in Geneva. She was a bit flustered though not upset since she was aware of the custom, but if she hadn't known about it the situation would have been much more awkward.

by MarekNYC on Wed Jul 19th, 2006 at 01:28:13 PM EST
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