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Why is it impolite to point?
    #4740159 - 10/01/05 07:27 AM (12 years, 2 months ago)

I never got this. Anyone have any explanation? logical or illogical?


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Re: Why is it impolite to point? [Re: SneezingPenis]
    #4740162 - 10/01/05 07:28 AM (12 years, 2 months ago)

Because.....when you point you send cosmic rays through your fingertips, which can put someone's eye out. That's why damnit.


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Re: Why is it impolite to point? [Re: SneezingPenis]
    #4740164 - 10/01/05 07:28 AM (12 years, 2 months ago)

it conveys aggressiveness


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Re: Why is it impolite to point? [Re: McKennaFan200]
    #4740167 - 10/01/05 07:30 AM (12 years, 2 months ago)

See, i think it has to do with only the index finger (aka "pointer finger"). I bet if i pointed with my thumb or my pinky, it (for some reason) wouldnt seem so rude.


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Re: Why is it impolite to point? [Re: SneezingPenis]
    #4740169 - 10/01/05 07:32 AM (12 years, 2 months ago)

people just think youre talking about them. Most people wouldnt like that. Seems like it to me.


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Re: Why is it impolite to point? [Re: sui]
    #4740174 - 10/01/05 07:34 AM (12 years, 2 months ago)

well...if you are pointing at them, then chances are you actually are talking about them.


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Re: Why is it impolite to point? [Re: SneezingPenis]
    #4740178 - 10/01/05 07:38 AM (12 years, 2 months ago)

exactly why most people consider it rude.. You answered your own question. :yesnod:


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Re: Why is it impolite to point? [Re: sui]
    #4740182 - 10/01/05 07:42 AM (12 years, 2 months ago)

well, that still doesnt make sense to me. Would you rather know that someone is talking about you, or not know? seems that the problem isnt pointing then, it would be "talking about" someone.

But it isnt just unfamiliar pointings. It involves every imaginable type of pointing. The:

hey fuck you (point) point
that guy over (point) there point
check out that girls ass point
Im angry sideways slinging finger point
wtf? point
hey that guy is shitfaced/passed out point


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Re: Why is it impolite to point? [Re: sui]
    #4740196 - 10/01/05 07:46 AM (12 years, 2 months ago)

guess it depends on the kind of point. Point away my friend!


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Re: Why is it impolite to point? [Re: sui]
    #4740204 - 10/01/05 07:49 AM (12 years, 2 months ago)

:foshizzle:


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Re: Why is it impolite to point? [Re: SneezingPenis]
    #4740214 - 10/01/05 07:51 AM (12 years, 2 months ago)



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Re: Why is it impolite to point? [Re: daimyo]
    #4740218 - 10/01/05 07:54 AM (12 years, 2 months ago)






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Re: Why is it impolite to point? [Re: SneezingPenis]
    #4740225 - 10/01/05 07:59 AM (12 years, 2 months ago)



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Re: Why is it impolite to point? [Re: SneezingPenis]
    #4740226 - 10/01/05 07:59 AM (12 years, 2 months ago)

It also depends on the subtle variances of pointing.

If you point like this:


You'll come off as very assertive, and will be percieved as aggresive, which may be threatening to others.

If you point more like this:


Other people's interpretation of this less assertive gesticulation will, in accord, be less threatening.

Prolonged pointing, such as prolonged staring, may also in itself, cause bewilderment in others, regardless of which manner you point your finger.

There are many more subtle cues that our subconscious reptilian brain picks up on and gathers, in order to determine the nature of the situation at hand, and what actions may be necessary.

Interestingly, I've noticed that it seems MUCH less "offensive" to point at a stranger with your palms facing upwards to ceiling or sky.
I have a good idea why, but I'm too tired at the moment to elaborate further in coherency.




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Re: Why is it impolite to point? [Re: SkorpivoMusterion]
    #4740230 - 10/01/05 08:01 AM (12 years, 2 months ago)

Quote:

SkorpivoMusterion said:
If you point more like this:


People will think you're retarded.






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Re: Why is it impolite to point? [Re: SkorpivoMusterion]
    #4740232 - 10/01/05 08:02 AM (12 years, 2 months ago)

Yeah, but what would you consider this point?

seems harmless enough, like the guy is trying to tell you that you have some mustard on your lip.


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Re: Why is it impolite to point? [Re: SneezingPenis]
    #4740235 - 10/01/05 08:06 AM (12 years, 2 months ago)





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Re: Why is it impolite to point? [Re: SneezingPenis]
    #4740238 - 10/01/05 08:08 AM (12 years, 2 months ago)



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Re: Why is it impolite to point? [Re: McKennaFan200]
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Re: Why is it impolite to point? [Re: SneezingPenis]
    #4740241 - 10/01/05 08:10 AM (12 years, 2 months ago)

:rofl2:


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