bad manners

In a sense, you could say that we once had a relationship. "Excuse me, Mrs. Helmsley," I said politely. "Your label is showing
In this season of generosity and gratitude, I sometimes reflect upon people behaving badly. When living in or even just briefly visiting a country not your own, bad behavior often involves words. Or sometimes, the lack of them.
Enough! Unless you're in the hospital or have just had a death in your immediate family, there is no excuse to no-show at a wedding. Ever. It's very rude.
If my recent experiences with gift recipients are any indication, however, I needn't lose sleep worrying that I will be swept away by a giant wave of gratitude any time soon.
3. Contacting someone after 9 p.m. Remember when we relied on good old landlines (some of us still do) to actually talk? Yes
I frequently feel like I'm channeling Miss Clara. Bad manners abound. Men who won't allow a woman to exit an elevator first. Cars that honk after waiting less than a second at a light that just changed. People cracking their gum so loudly it sounds like a trip to the gun range. And don't get me started about talking in a movie theater.
I know I'm being grumpy, but there are just certain things that grind my nerves down to the root. I have to wonder about a society that has no problem with people screaming the F-word in front of young children. Or with teenagers sitting on a subway while 80-somethings and pregnant women stand. Or with people calling others 'morons' -- both online and off -- just because they don't share the same opinion.
It's all about manners! Not the old-fashioned kind, white gloves and all, but the kind of behavior that will assist you in your daily endeavors through communicating ideas, electronically and otherwise.
Catharine Hamm would like to personally apologize to the newlyweds whose wedding video includes the voice of some guy having a meltdown over his phone charger. No, it wasn't Hamm's fault; she didn't even know the guy.
--M is for "My mother used to make it this way, but of course you have every right to do what you want in your own kitchen."
A few weeks ago, I saw a young boy riding his bike in the street at a busy intersection. When he rode slowly by, I said, 'Excuse me, young man -- be careful, this is a busy intersection; maybe you should ride on the sidewalk.' He was no bigger than a third grader -- how he responded was quite disturbing to say the least.
Avid theatre goers form two lines outside Central Park's Delacorte Theatre. One line is very short, and the other is very long. MAN ONE and WOMAN stand in the middle of the short line, chatting. MAN ONE drains a water bottle, as WOMAN sips a jumbo coffee.
Etiquette guides can be invaluable repositories of practical information and common sense. But what etiquette guides DON'T address are the hundreds of weird-but-true situations that make up modern life.
The holiday rush can bring out both the best and the worst in people. See how you would handle these sticky holiday etiquette
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. The message is so simple yet so hard for us to swallow.
Finally, this year you just asked her the question, "Why do you always buy me a bathrobe?" And you know what she said? She
The 18th century British statesman Lord Chesterfield wrote that "manners must adorn knowledge, and smooth its way through the world." I doubt that there are many now who would understand what Chesterfield was even talking about.
I always tell people that dating is a numbers game, just like being in sales. You have go out on X amount of bad dates in order to get one good date.