Manners cost us nothing; yet, earn us respect when we use them.
"Manners make the man or woman," is a phrase not used much these days. The basics of etiquette have been largely forgotten by the younger generationThe older generation may well remember some of the following:
- Don't point - it's rude
- Don't smoke or eat in the street - it looks 'common'
- Don't talk with your mouth full - disgustingly, you may spit some of it out!
- Don't shout - Keep your voice down
- Don't interrupt - it's selfish and ill-mannered
- Don't swear - it impresses nobody (it's the language of low lives and those with a limited vocabulary)
- Open doors for the elderly and for women
- Hold doors open for whoever is following you in (or out)- don't let it slam in their face
- Use please and thank you
- Don't gang up on anybody anywhere
- Don't talk behind other's backs
- Turn away from people, food and the phone when you cough or sneeze
- Show respect for those older and wiser than yourself
- Without respect and consideration for others, we are nothing but savages.