The Fake Cough

There is this eating area at a nearby mall where my friend and I like to eat our lunch and just observe people. My favorite thing to do is to watch the teens interact with each other, especially the girls with the boys.

One thing I’ve noticed is that, every now and then, a guy will walk by a girl, check her out with his eyes (you can tell by the turn of his head), and then she’ll do a “cough” at some point. I call it a “fake cough” by the way it sounds.

Considering the indirect way some women communicate, I’ve been wondering if this one of those new trends, the fake cough, to subtly show you’re not interested in someone. I’ve only seen younger girls do this.