Pundits are using the Crisis to call for abolishing for all eternity whatever is their pet peeve. Here’s my contribution to this genre: Let’s knock off with hugging as a social greeting. From the New York Times in February:
In Los Angeles, a Hug That Seems to Never (Ever) End
Even in the age of consent, this embrace can last longer than a Scorsese movie.
By Jessica Bennett
Feb. 24, 2020
… “People call me out on this, but people have been putting their hands out to shake — and I’m like, ‘I don’t actually shake hands, can I hug you?’” said Tanya Khani, 30, a publicist in Sherman Oaks and a lifelong Angeleno, who said her hugs typically last between seven and 10 seconds, depending “on how deep you want to drop into it.” …
Ms. Wilson’s friend Jonas Bell Pasht, a film and television producer also from Toronto, said that such embraces have become so much “a part of the nature of” his interactions in Los Angeles that “at a certain point you just go with it.” He noted how that had been the case recently, at a pitch meeting with six others, each of whom he greeted with a hug — twice.
Instead, we should pull our ponies up 20 feet away from each other, hold our empty right hands up vertically, and say: “How.”
That’s much more dignified.