“The rationale that etiquette should be eschewed because it fosters inequality does not ring true in a society that openly admits to a feverish interest in the comparative status-conveying qualities of sneakers. Manners are available to all, for free.”
“Take care of your manners as seriously as your money.”
“The ornaments of your home are the people who smile upon entering time and time again..”
“It is wrong to wear diamonds before luncheon, except on one’s marriage rings. Before, after, and during breakfast, luncheon and dinner, it is vulgar to wear a mixture of colored precious stones. It is always a comfort to know that so many things one can’t afford to do anyway are vulgar.”
In the area of archaic manners, this is a knee slapper. A nice little giggle to start your work week off on a happy note.
In all seriousness, I love this kind of stuff. The Manners Geek might be a good sub-title to this illustrious blog, don’t cha think? So Downton Abbey. Can’t you imagine Carson’s eye brows disappearing into his hairline as Lady Sybil flaunts rubies AND emeralds at the breakfast table?
“Thou shalt not use the 140 characters limit as an excuse for bad grammar and/or incorrect spelling.”
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
-John F. Kennedy
“Laws control the lesser man. Right conduct controls the greater.”