The other day I heard a man tell some people all about his troublesome younger brother who was apparently fitted for nothing so much as a cell in prison. The man described some of the young man’s escapades and what a time the family had to save him from the consequences. He himself had lost … Continue reading TALKING NEGATIVELY ABOUT FAMILY MEMBERS: RIGHT OR WRONG?
A girl who is impertinent or careless in her demeanor to her mother or her mother's friends; who talks slang; who is careless in her bearing toward young men; who accepts the attentions of a man of bad character or dissipated habits; who is loud in dress or manner - such a girl must be … Continue reading WHAT IS A GOOD SOCIETY & GOOD BREEDING
There’s nothing like visiting family and friends. It’s a chance to relax, laugh, and catch up on what is happening in each other’s lives. But no matter how close you are to someone, there are still rules you should always follow. And the majority of them are based on respect. Whether family or friend, no … Continue reading ETIQUETTE: TOP 8 RULES FOR VISITING FAMILY AND FRIENDS
The other evening, as we were walking down the street to attend a political meeting, a young couple passed me. He was scowling. She was talking in a high-pitched voice. Just as they came opposite to us we heard her say sharply, “All right, then, why didn’t you go alone?” There was nothing very bitter … Continue reading QUARRELING IN PUBLIC
Who was the man who used to have to push up hill a big rock that kept rolling down as fast as he pushed it up? It wasn’t Tantalus, was it. No, it was Sisyphus. Well that’s the man I always feel like after the strain of entertaining an unenthusiastic guest. If I were a … Continue reading DO GUESTS NEED TO BE ENTHUSIASTIC?
Etiquette: a code of behavior that delineates expectations for social behavior according to contemporary conventional norms within a society, social class, or group. The idea of teaching etiquette or a code of behavior is not new, nor is the idea that mankind needs a finishing touch - extra schooling to better navigate society and live … Continue reading THE HISTORY OF ETIQUETTE: FROM EGYPT TO EUROPE
“I don’t want to accept that invitation,” a friend of mine said to me one morning recently, when the postman brought her a week end invitation as we sat together on her porch. “Why not? I thought they had a lovely big house.” “They have, but the last time we went there, X found so … Continue reading ARGUING AND CRITICIZING IN PUBLIC: AN ANECDOTE
Attending art events can be daunting for the newbie. There are rules to follow. Conversations to be had. And while doing all that, you are supposed to display a certain amount of savoir-vivre. For some, it can be a bit too much. So, for the newbie, we recommend you start out slow. Learn the basics. … Continue reading ETIQUETTE: TOP 3 RULES FOR ATTENDING ART EVENTS
Did you ever watch a group of young people chattering to each other while some older person sat silent in their midst, almost as much ignored as if he or she were invisible? It is a sight I see every once in a while and it always fills me with a combination of sadness and … Continue reading EXAMPLES OF LOW BREEDING
Finishing school is not just about learning etiquette, it is also about learning how to become a better person. Because in the end, there are certain personality traits and behaviours that will render etiquette lessons difficult to learn as well as decrease the impact of those that were learned. For this reason, we want to … Continue reading 17 BEHAVIORS A LADY SHOULD ELIMINATE
Ever visited or lived in a city where workers, neighbors, or drivers were overly rude and callous? Ever gotten mad, annoyed, sad, or stressed out from experiencing this kind of behavior? Ever felt responsible or guilty for the failure of a friendship or a group due to something you said or did? Etiquette is more … Continue reading ETIQUETTE: WHY IT IS IMPORTANT
It doesn't matter if you are an aristocrat or a seamstress, if you are a brilliant speaker or a proficient diner, if you are a wine aficionado or an illustrious equestrian, or even if you can quote the poems of Shakespeare and Lord Byron verbatim - all that matters is how you treat people, their … Continue reading ETIQUETTE: TOP 2 RULES TO FOLLOW
Etiquette tends to be one of those words that people cringe and scowl whenever they hear it. It makes people think of reprimands, classism, or "that horrible moment when...". But it doesn't have to be so. The basis of etiquette is being kind, considerate, and respectful. Yes, etiquette is about rules. And although some rules … Continue reading WHAT IS ETIQUETTE?