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embrace • formal • buddy
background • bump
  1. I'm sorry. I didn't mean to into you.
  2. This is not a meeting. Anyone can come.
  3. A common way to a friend is with a hug.
  4. Everyone in her family has a in music .
  5. I want to introduce you to a of mine.
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1004 Touchy Feely

Cheryl compares physical touch about friends and acquaintances in Hong Kong, America, and Guam.

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formal setting


You do a handshake in a formal setting.

A formal setting is a place that has a formal atmosphere or feeling. When something is formal, it is official or highly regarded. For example, most business offices have a formal setting. The opposite of a formal setting would be a casual setting or a laid-back setting. Notice the following:

  1. In a formal setting, you should not speak slang.
  2. It is a formal event, so please wear a suit.

side embrace


You give each other a side embrace.

To embrace is to hug or for two people to hold each other. A side embrace would be when two people have mainly only one arm around each other. A full-embrace, would be more like a hug. Notice the following:

  1. The two lovers embraced for a long time.
  2. The two men embraced awkwardly.



It's got a bit of a British background.

Here, the word background means influence or history. For example, if someone has an American background, that means they have been exposed to a lot of American culture. Notice the following:

  1. I was born in Nepal but grew up in Toronto so my background is more Canadian.



Close buddies

A buddy is a very close friend, and usually a person that you spend a lot of time with having fun. To call someone your buddy is a way of showing someone you consider then a close friend or someone you care about. Notice the following:

  1. Hey, buddy. How are you doing?
  2. This is my golfing buddy, Tim.

fist bump


They gave each other a fist bump.

A fist bump is like a hand shake. It is a physical contact with the hands used when greeting people. It is a very casual way of greeting friends. You would never use a fist bump in a formal setting.