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 Post subject: is it rude to whistle to get people's attention?
PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2012 2:00 am 
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Not like the stereotypical cat-call whistle, just a two-tone whistle to get people's attention, whether it be guys or girls.

Not even a waiter or someone you want help from in a store or something, just a friend you see on the street.

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 Post subject: Re: is it rude to whistle to get people's attention?
PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2012 3:02 am 
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The so called yoohoo whistle?

It depends.. if you do it on the street when we haven't seen each other yet, and it is basically instead of "Yo! Hey! Over here my friend!" and wave along with it and such instead of yelling, then it's ok in my eyes.


If you do it to get my attention when I am already close by and we have had a conversation, then it would be rude, as I would feel like I am a dog being called to its owner :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: is it rude to whistle to get people's attention?
PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2012 4:06 am 
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Generally it can be considered rude, but depends on context and culture.

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 Post subject: Re: is it rude to whistle to get people's attention?
PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2012 4:36 am 
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My answer is yes. I'm not a dog.
I was told this when I was very young and like chewing gum ("you look like a cow chewing cud.") it has stuck with me. I find it offensive when someone whistles at me.

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 Post subject: Re: is it rude to whistle to get people's attention?
PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2012 5:29 am 
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It all depends on your relationship with that person. For example, there is one older guy I work with who is quite formal with greetings so we always go through the niceties of saying "How are you?". On the other hand there is friend I greet with a very rude oi! or an insult and get the same in return. Yes it is definitely a friend before someone makes a joke. If it's done in a jokey way and I know you well you can greet me any way you please.
I don't know if it is a UK thing but being overly rude to one's friends is quite normal.

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 Post subject: Re: is it rude to whistle to get people's attention?
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Tony Fisher wrote:
I don't know if it is a UK thing but being overly rude to one's friends is quite normal.

Plonker! :D

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 Post subject: Re: is it rude to whistle to get people's attention?
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Oh yeah.. we can do that overly rude thing to friends here also.

I once blurted it out to someone I barely knew, only from the other forum and even there only superficial. It was done all in good jest, and it fit the situation there, he understood the reasons why I said it fully, so that was ok too. We had a good laugh about it, he's a cool fella.

It really depends on the circumstances.

For instance I would greet mr. van Deventer with a formal greeting and maybe a handshake if we were to converse. Same with other folk from here, whereas had I met you before I might be more casual. But I would definitely not whistle to you.

If I do.. lock me up please? Then I have lost part of a lobe or something hahaha.

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 Post subject: Re: is it rude to whistle to get people's attention?
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KelvinS wrote:
Tony Fisher wrote:
I don't know if it is a UK thing but being overly rude to one's friends is quite normal.

Plonker! :D


I said friend! :D

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 Post subject: Re: is it rude to whistle to get people's attention?
PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2012 7:43 am 
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I had to look up that word *giggle*

the term plonker started out as a reference to someone who was forever drunk on cheap wine (cheap wine is nicknamed plonk) this person was usualy a homeless person, or poor person.

today the term plonker is a very light hearted insult. Its not even seen as an insult, its like calling someone a wally. Its in no way ment maliciously. you call someone a plonker when they say or do something stupid.

bob - why didnt my food cook ?
john - you never turned on the oven, you plonker.



*goes look up wally now* This can take me a while folks.. whistle when you need me ;)

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 Post subject: Re: is it rude to whistle to get people's attention?
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Kattenvriendin wrote:
It really depends on the circumstances.

For instance I would greet mr. van Deventer with a formal greeting and maybe a handshake if we were to converse.


Not me. I think I'd run up to him and give him a hug! :lol: :lol: Along with most people I have 'met' on the forum. Or should I say along with most people I have had silly banter with.

But whistle. Never! Mind after living so long in Asia, I wouldn't be offended by a wolf whistle. I'd be stunned. It's just not done here.

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 Post subject: Re: is it rude to whistle to get people's attention?
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Tony Fisher wrote:
KelvinS wrote:
Tony Fisher wrote:
I don't know if it is a UK thing but being overly rude to one's friends is quite normal.

Plonker! :D


I said friend! :D

I miss that friendly rudeness living in Switzerland. Even the children are ultra polite.

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