The ascendance of the Jersey Shore crew has a lot of social implications. First and foremost, it implies that society is coming to a fiery, greasy, well-tanned end. But in a less dire vein, it has brought the fist pump to the forefront of nonverbal communication in American culture. Fist pumping is not a new phenomenon. Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods both have signature fist pumps. Arsenio Hall inspired a very specific fist pump of encouragement. But when executing a fist pump, specificity is key. You don’t want to send the wrong message. Here’s a handy guide to avoiding faux paws. (PUN!)
Name: The Michael Jordan/The Tiger Woods
Description: One firm pump, arm remains extended forward at right angle.
What it Says: “In your face, Drexler!” or “Nailed that putt.” or “My wife will never find out about this text message/gambling debt.”
Name: The Scooby Doo Villain
Description: Fist extended outwards and upwards, shaken vigorously.
What it Says: “I would have gotten away with it too, if it weren’t for those meddling kids.”
Name: The Champion
Description: Fists clasped together and shaken repeatedly over alternating shoulders.
What it Says: “I just won an athletic competition with the help of a very fast car or horse!”
Name: The High Roller
Description: Fist cocked back behind head, shaken vigorously, blown on, and then brought forward and opened.
What it Says: “Daddy needs a new pair of shoes. Seriously. I just bet my shoes at craps.”
Name: The Jerk
Description: Fist placed in front of mouth, moved vigorously up and down.
What it Says: “I will do anything to get out of this speeding ticket.”
Suggest your own if you have some!
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