This month’s Crappy Old Book of the Month was Miss Manners’® Guide to Rearing Perfect Children: A Primer for Everyone Worried about the Future of Civilization (Judith Martin, Atheneum, New York 1984). Unfortunately, this month slipped away from me and I only posted two measly posts about this delightful– and truly funny–book. I am a
Dear Miss Manners: “My children are always saying such dreadful things to each other– derogatory personal remarks that I consider downright rude. They, and sometimes my wife, call them “just teasing.” What would you consider the polite side of teasing, and where, even in a family is it just nastiness? Gentle Reader: “Insulting is such
Dear Miss Manners: “All of my friends are going away for the holidays. I won’t have anyone to play with or invite over. This happens every time we have a vacation, and lots of times on weekends. Everybody goes to visit his father in nice places, and I have to stay home because my parents
In writing or speaking, give to every person his due title, according to his degree and the custom of the place. George Washington’s “Rules of Behavior” as found in Stepping Stones to Literature: A Reader for Seventh Grades (1898).
Be not angry at table, whatever happens; and if you have reason to be so, show it not; put on a cheerful countenance, especially if there be strangers, for good humor makes one dish of meat a feast. George Washington’s “Rules of Behavior” as found in Stepping Stones to Literature: A reader for Seventh Grades
Make no show of taking great delight in your victuals; feed not with greediness; lean not on the table; neither find fault with what you eat. George Washington’s “Rules of Behavior” as found in Stepping Stones to Literature: A Reader for the Seventh Grades (1898).
Read no letters, books, or papers in company; but when there is a necessity for doing it, you must ask leave. Come not near the books or writings of any one so as to read them, unless desired, nor give your opinion of them unasked; also, look not nigh when another is writing a letter.
When giving a private ball in one’s house, one must provide an awning and a red carpet from one’s front door to the street. That would be one long awning here on the Farm! There is no known correct way to eat pistachio nuts. If you habitually travel with a valet or maid, it is
The general manager of Apex Aircraft Company says to his secretary, “Miss Smith, get me the estimate from Wilson Brothers on that motion picture we’re considering for our sales training classes. I need it for a board meeting this morning. Miss Smith replies, “I’ll get you your damned estimate when you learn a little common
Common sense and consideration should be the basis of etiquette and good manners. –John Quincy Adams As found in the crappy somewhat old book, Crane’s Blue Book of Stationary: The Styles and Etiquette of Letters, Notes, and Invitations (1989)
“”Ruff?” “Of course! What’s up?” “Well, Marica, you must know that My Dear Friend and I think you are among the most remarkable humans who ever existed on the planet.” “RUFF!!” “Ummm. Missy. Rocky. Stop trying to butter me up. What’s up?” “We were wondering about the disposition of that feline.” “ruff.” “Oh. I see.
Good Morning! It irritates me to no end when the first thing I see as I begin my stroll across the world-wide web in the morn is this gender identity s&^% as it pertains to water closets. For the record, here is how we do things at the Farm and how Farm guests conduct themselves.
We have covered this ground already but apparently Mr. Guy Martin of Garden & Gun did not take the lesson to heart. “Must you say goodbye?” is the first reader question Mr. Martin addresses in the most recent “Ask G&G”– filed under, of all headings considering his answer, “Talk of the South.” I’m not able to find
All. Social Functions. All I checked the catalog at both libraries and the book is available to be checked out.
“Why thank you, my dear Miss M. I do so appreciate your affection. I was just reading a bit about manners and the enjoyment of a fine meal. I know my behavior of late has been… shall I say, less than admirable. So sorry about that pork chop, by the way. I gave into temptation.
Beautiful clothes! Girlhood’s fresh beauty knows no glory like a a dashing dress that heightens the bloom on glowing cheeks and sets new stars in sparkling eyes. Nothing stirs a lover’s heart like the one woman gowned with that artistry wherein every line and every tone bespeaks her own intimate and individual charm. And wise
As you may have guessed from the tone of my previous post, that business about not allowing children in restaurants parents unable to control the behavior of their children in public really ticked me off. But as I am in a good mood today, and as I got that little rant out of my system,
Growing Number Of Restaurants Banning Children During Peak Hours In response to the age-old headache of tiny temper tantrums La Fisheria, a Mexican restaurant in Houston, has instituted a “no customers under 8 after 7 p.m.” policy. Some parents told CBS 2 that they understand. 1. Why 8? What’s the plan, Stan? Are you planning on
Daughter C and Mr. Bow Tie went to the store this morning. (Yes. The cigarette store was open on Easter.) When they returned, Miss M said to Daughter C, “Where’s my dollar?” And Daughter C handed Miss M one United States dollar.Daughter C asked, “How did you know I had your dollar?”“Because I knew the
New Complete Book of Etiquette is titled, “The New Resident in Washington.” I am not making this up. Amy Vanderbilt’s New Complete Book of Etiquette: The Guide to Gracious Living (1967) If I were writing a book on etiquette– which I am certainly not qualified to do– it would not have occurred to me to