Why do Chinese Men have long fingernails

Why do Chinese Men have long fingernails

Postby LadyofLeisure » Mon Oct 12, 2009 5:45 pm

OK,

This really gives me the "heebie jeebies". Your typical Chinese guy always has all or some of their fingernails long. The only thing I can come up with is:

Great for picking their nose
Picking up food off the plate
Taking snuff (like in the 1800's)
Picking their teeth
Their "woman" likes the feel of their fingernails down the back
They are bored so in their spare time they grow their nails and file them
They like to look down during self pleasuring, dreaming it's a woman

Tell me why!!! :D
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Postby findus » Mon Oct 12, 2009 5:53 pm

Some of the above. And show's they are 'rich' as they don't have to work in the fields.
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Postby Shangstar » Mon Oct 12, 2009 6:05 pm

apparently it can be used to relieve the symptoms of constipation.
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Postby root » Mon Oct 12, 2009 6:05 pm

Remember Freddy ? Nails is a cold weapon.

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Postby p1atl10 » Mon Oct 12, 2009 6:31 pm

It's a sign of having an office job and not being a manual laborer...

Same as the white skin obsession....which holds pretty much everywhere in Asia.

If I am not tan, means I do not work the fields outside in the sun.
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Postby Bobg8zwf » Mon Oct 12, 2009 6:41 pm

Long finger nail on little finger (which is common), is usually used for digging wax out of their ears. Saves them needing to carry the de-waxing spoons.
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Postby Shangstar » Mon Oct 12, 2009 6:49 pm

helps with pickpocketing as well.
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Postby findus » Mon Oct 12, 2009 7:14 pm

Shangstar wrote:apparently it can be used to relieve the symptoms of constipation.


As opposed to the Carol Vorderman method of working it out with a pencil.
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Postby look2me4guidance » Mon Oct 12, 2009 7:34 pm

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Postby Shangstar » Mon Oct 12, 2009 7:44 pm

and if you grow another one on the same hand...well, you'll never need chopsticks ever again.
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Postby BenJ » Mon Oct 12, 2009 7:54 pm

They can scratch this damn itchy place behind their shoulder. You know this place in the back, that nobody can reach with regular nails.
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Postby binky » Mon Oct 12, 2009 8:12 pm

Must not be married men. My SO nags the heck out of me to cut mine the minute they are longer than 1mm. :lol:
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Postby victorinchina » Mon Oct 12, 2009 8:28 pm

Bobg8zwf wrote:Long finger nail on little finger (which is common), is usually used for digging wax out of their ears. Saves them needing to carry the de-waxing spoons.


Which us western guys with normal length nails carry tons of... :lol:

Just asked the Mrs.. She didn't know... But she figured Platty's explanation made most sense..
I agree, if we can stretch it to not being "office work" but just plain "Not field/farm work" seeing most Taxi drivers have 1~2" nails also..
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Postby mat » Mon Oct 12, 2009 8:28 pm

It's for excavation. Nose, Ear, Anus etc...
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Postby Shangstar » Mon Oct 12, 2009 8:36 pm

How are short nails indicative of being a peasant? I'd have thought that long nail would be really useful in digging for and peeling potatoes, and for cutting stalks.
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Postby victorinchina » Mon Oct 12, 2009 8:37 pm

^ You are not questioning Chinese tradition are you mate? :shock:
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Postby jasonnoguchi » Mon Oct 12, 2009 9:06 pm

hahahhaah, anyways, here's the real reason why executives have long fingernails on their pinky. The reason is that in palmistry, the pinky has to be longer than the first joint of the 4th finger in order to be prosperous. those who does not have that quality grow long pinky nails in order to fulfill that "criteria". Very soon, it became a trend that almost all executives and businessmen has long pinky nails.
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Re: Why do Chinese Men have long fingernails

Postby condesa » Mon Oct 12, 2009 9:20 pm

LadyofLeisure wrote:OK,

This really gives me the "heebie jeebies". Your typical Chinese guy always has all or some of their fingernails long. The only thing I can come up with is:

Great for picking their nose
Picking up food off the plate
Taking snuff (like in the 1800's)
Picking their teeth
Their "woman" likes the feel of their fingernails down the back
They are bored so in their spare time they grow their nails and file them
They like to look down during self pleasuring, dreaming it's a woman

Tell me why!!! :D


Disturbing as it is, I think it is to DIG-IN (I don't want to know what or where). :shock:
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Postby Shady_Slim » Mon Oct 12, 2009 9:45 pm

p1atl10 wrote:It's a sign of having an office job and not being a manual laborer...

Same as the white skin obsession....which holds pretty much everywhere in Asia.

If I am not tan, means I do not work the fields outside in the sun.


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Postby iara » Mon Oct 12, 2009 11:27 pm

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Postby blondesands » Tue Oct 13, 2009 10:29 am

As is commonly thought, women who have beautifully manicured nails; shows that they don't have to do domestic work, since their nails are long and beautiful, so they can afford to pay someone else to do it.
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Postby binky » Tue Oct 13, 2009 10:46 am

Keep in mind that "high-status" English women used to avoid sunlight in order to maintain a deathly pale appearance, for more or less the same reason. Even to the point that some became sickly from lack of vitamin D.

Some (including the Queen, herself) even went so far as to cover themselves with lead or mercury containing paint, or ingest arsenic to look as white as possible:

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20061127145227AAy9lOY
http://www.syl.com/hb/historyofpaleskinfashion.html

Strangely, now these same women might subject themselves to dangerous amounts of UV light to achieve the opposite effect. Go figure. :roll:
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Re: Why do Chinese Men have long fingernails

Postby Havard » Tue Oct 13, 2009 11:14 am

LadyofLeisure wrote:OK,

This really gives me the "heebie jeebies". Your typical Chinese guy always has all or some of their fingernails long. The only thing I can come up with is:

Great for picking their nose
Picking up food off the plate
Taking snuff (like in the 1800's)
Picking their teeth
Their "woman" likes the feel of their fingernails down the back
They are bored so in their spare time they grow their nails and file them
They like to look down during self pleasuring, dreaming it's a woman

Tell me why!!! :D

Why asking? You come up with the best and complete answers I've known.
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Postby Hydro » Tue Oct 13, 2009 11:16 am

its not really an equivalent of the white skin thing. long pinky nail, as mentioned above, is for cleaning your ears!
btw shanghai doe not equal "china".. i've been to other parts of the country where you don't see this custom at all
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Postby binky » Tue Oct 13, 2009 11:28 am

Hydro wrote:its not really an equivalent of the white skin thing. long pinky nail, as mentioned above, is for cleaning your ears!
Well, if so, its a whole lot safer than that little metal spoon my wife has on her key chain.

I think I'll suggest it to her. :lol:
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Postby PureXTC88 » Tue Oct 13, 2009 2:12 pm

jasonnoguchi wrote:hahahhaah, anyways, here's the real reason why executives have long fingernails on their pinky. The reason is that in palmistry, the pinky has to be longer than the first joint of the 4th finger in order to be prosperous. those who does not have that quality grow long pinky nails in order to fulfill that "criteria". Very soon, it became a trend that almost all executives and businessmen has long pinky nails.


I've heard this before as well.
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