Nearly 100 years ago, author Emily Post was the authority on all things etiquette. Her first book, “Etiquette in Society, in Business, in Politics, and at Home,” was published in 1922, became a best seller and was popular for many decades. But now, it’s safe to say that the etiquette of her day has largely gone out of style.
I’m sure if she were still alive today, she’d be quick to point out all we’re doing wrong.
12 Etiquette Mistakes We’re All Making According to Emily Post:
And, of course, we women would never want to be thought of as “ill-bred.”
2. Never, ever shout “Hullow!” It’s vulgar, but simply saying “Hello” is fine.
Makes you wonder how Mrs. Post would feel about the elegant greeting, “Wassup?”
3. Never admit that you don’t remember someone. If someone says “You don’t remember me, do you?” The polite thing is to say “Why, of course, I do.”
Apparently, honesty isn’t always the best policy.
4. Don’t greet people at church. Wait till after the service and go out to the church steps and then you can greet people.
I’ve been doing this wrong my whole life. Now, I know to ignore all people at church until I’m outside.
5. A gentleman never shakes hands with a lady without first removing his right glove.
But then you have to worry about germs, not to mention sweaty hands, not to mention touching a man’s hand at all. No, thank you. He can keep his gloves on for all I care.
6. All people in the streets (or anywhere in public) should be careful not to talk too loud or attract attention and never yell a person’s name in public (unless it’s absolutely unavoidable).
Do you think she’d make an exception for football games? That’s kind of hard rule to follow, especially when the refs make a bad call.
7. A Lady never sits on the seat nearest the aisle at the theater.
Good, I like being near the middle, anyway.
8. It’s not very ladylike for women to carry heavy bags or bundles.
Oh, I definitely try never to carry bundles. Couldn’t agree more. When I see a woman carrying bundles I think to myself, “Why, I’d never! Where is her husband? Or chaperone? So unbecoming!”
9. Between 3:30 and 4:30 in the afternoon is the correct hour for paying formal visits and leaving cards, but 5:00 p.m. is the informal hour when it’s known that people are “at home” and can be visited by close friends.
Do you think it’d be okay to text someone, “Hey, stopped by your house,” instead of leaving your card? No, didn’t think so. I really need to reorder some cards.
10. When women sit down in chairs they shouldn’t sit stiffly at the edge of the chair nor sprawl easily in one, and ladies don’t cross their legs while sitting or put their hands on their hips. And, ladies don’t ever lean back in a chair – it’s undignified.
Yes, yes, a thousand times yes! I’m so tired of seeing women sitting like they’re actually comfortable in my home.
11. Well-bred men do not even like the mention of money and should never speak of it (except during business hours).
Okay, guys, no more talking about boring money issues, got it?
12. No one in good society should ever discuss underwear or “toilet articles” due to the unpleasantness of the conversation topic.
I wonder if Mrs. Post would enjoy watching “Saturday Night Live.” I’m sure she’d love it.
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