Etiquette rules even experts don’t follow anymore
According to etiquette expert Peggy Post, times change, but manners, which she defines as a “sensitive awareness of the feelings of others,” remain constant. “If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter which fork you use.” The rules of etiquette are there to help smooth social interactions, but they aren’t intended to take the place of ‘manners’. That’s why etiquette rules that cease serving smooth social interactions eventually cease to exist.
A man should stand to greet a woman
Ladies are served first
Don't shake a woman's hand unless she offers
Wedding gifts should be based on the host's price per head
No elbows on the table
‘Dear sir or madam’
Adults addressing other adults as Mr or Ms
Offering toasts requires drinking alcohol
Written by Lauren Cahn. This article first appeared in Reader’s Digest.
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