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Tales of Hi and Bye
Greeting and Parting Rituals Around the World


  • Date Published: October 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521117548

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  • We do it over and over again, day after day, and never seem to get enough of it. Albanians do it. Zulus do it. Movie stars and plumbers do it. All around the world, people say hi and bye in innumerable languages and countless ways: they wave and bow and curtsey and shake hands and rub noses and fist-bump and mwah-mwah and perform a vast array of greeting and farewell rituals, so common and natural that no-one stops to notice … Tales of Hi and Bye provides a delightful, witty, and intriguing insight into the sometimes strange and often wonderful customs associated with an ordinary, everyday event. For more information, book extracts and cartoons visit

    • Aesthetically designed, highly illustrated and packed with fascinating facts for word lovers and cultural voyeurs alike
    • Meticulously researched yet light, witty and accessible in style
    • Impressively broad in scope and coverage of an everyday ritual that is so very diverse across cultures and throughout time
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Lundmark's unique little book effervesces with intriguing facts and factlets about greeting customs in different cultures around the world, from the Eskimo shoulder strike to the New Zealand 'hongi' (nose-touching). It's guaranteed to entertain and inform - globetrotters and armchair travellers alike.' Pam Peters, Macquarie University, Sydney

    '… wry, elegant little tome … turning trivia into something more.' The Australian

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2009
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521117548
    • length: 262 pages
    • dimensions: 197 x 135 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.38kg
    • contains: 45 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    To the reader
    Gestures and signals: take a bow: bending at the neck or waist
    Hi, Hitler! Arm salutes at various angles
    Do a nose job: rubbing and sniffing as a greeting
    XXXX! The heartfelt kiss
    Flashy hello: the eyebrow flash
    Getting the shakes: the story of the handshake
    Slaps, daps, thumps and bumps: not so gripping handshakes
    I dips me lid: the hat as a courtesy tool
    Hello? Hell, no! Greeting refusals
    Waves of emotion: greeting from a distance
    Customs and behaviours: no hug for Dr Livingstone: a demonstration of restraint
    It hurts to say goodbye: the Parthian shot
    How stiff can your upper lip get? Avoiding strangers
    Chinese whispers: greeting and parting rituals in China
    From Russia with love: sit on your case and say goodbye
    Cut it out! How to avoid saying 'hello'
    I don't speak to my mother-in-law: avoidance language
    Phonethics: telephone mannerisms
    Thanks for having me on! Names and forms of address in the media
    Eskimodesty: greeting and visiting in the Arctic
    Names and addresses: what's so good about it? The curious nature of 'good-' greetings
    Ahoy, ahoy! Pick up the phone! 'Hello' and its uses
    The unlucky Mr Szczęściarz: foreign names in foreign places
    Wang is King in China: too many people
    not enough names
    Finding Björk: Icelandic names
    Yoo-hoo! Who? You! How Swedes don't address each other
    Mister Doctor: titles of medicos, surgeons and barbers
    I forget my name: loss of first name by marriage
    When your coz is your sis: kinship terms
    You, thou and other politenesses: familiar and polite 'you'
    Include me out! Dual, trial and other grammatical curiosities
    For me to know and you to find out: naming and name taboos
    Bye-bye! How things have changed

  • Author

    Torbjörn Lundmark
    Torbjörn Lundmark (known as TL) was born in Sweden and has called Australia home since 1978. He works as a professional writer, illustrator and cartoonist, and is the author of several books, including Quirky Qwerty: The Story of the Keyboard at Your Fingertips.

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