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faux-five

noun; blending
a type of high-five in which one of the two people involved pulls their hand away, resulting in no hand slapping motion
 
The term “high-five” is a gesture in which two people slap hands together, usually an expression of victory or fellowship. The term “faux-five” is used to describe the occurrence when two people are about to slap hands in a high-five motion, and one person pulls their hand away. A faux-five has the opposite purpose of a high-five, meant to humiliate the other person. It is a term used informally among teenagers, among whom the action of high-fiving is popular. Faux-five may be thought of a blending of faux and high-five, or as a compounding of faux and five, where “five” indicates the five fingers on the hand of each individual involved.
Etymology : The term “faux-five” is either a blending of “faux” and “high-five”, or a compounding of “faux” and five”. “Faux-five” is a combination faux, from French from Old French fals meaning ‘false’, and five, from Middle English, from Old English fif, which likely has Indo-European roots, indicating the five fingers on each hand involved in the action.
Source : “That joke was so lame, you deserved that faux-five” –Friend, September 2008
Last modified: 3 December 2008


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