From good to bad: Manners that have fallen out of favour

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I’m a firm believer in social etiquette. I do my best to remember and use people’s names. I’m never short of a “please” or a “thank you” and when I’m walking through a door I’ll hold it open for the person behind me.

But some traditional etiquette is no longer good manners; in fact it’s freaking rude. Far from being polite, persisting with antiquated and inappropriate etiquette rituals can be a way of controlling people and asserting one’s social dominance.

Here’s a memo to the clueless-yet-well-meaning folk about old-school social etiquette that’s now just plain offensive.

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One thought on “From good to bad: Manners that have fallen out of favour

  1. I think sometimes people just make a mistake like the baby boomer who may be following some out of date convention about married women’s names.

    Could you politely tell this guy how you felt when he did what he did?

    I like it when women in shops call me “luv”.

    Is a man out order when he compliments another man about his appearance? I don’t know the answer to this. Or does the weight of cultural history mean that men need to stop “complimenting” women altogether?

    I agree about the wrongness of some of your more extreme examples.

    Malcolm Rieck

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