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 generation

The 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.

So what about the younger generation? Here some basics to respect yourself and the others.