One-Minute Book Reviews

November 29, 2007

Why Do We Need Etiquette Books When the Old Rules of Etiquette Are Disappearing? Quote of the Day (Judith Martin/Miss Manners)

Do books about manners serve a purpose in an age without manners? Is etiquette about more than using a fish fork properly? Judith Martin, who writes the Miss Manners column, suggests an answer:

“You can deny all you want that there is etiquette, and a lot of people do in everyday life. But if you behave in a way that offends the people you’re trying to deal with, they will stop dealing with you….There are plenty of people who say, ‘We don’t care about etiquette, but we can’t stand the way so-and-so behaves, and we don’t want him around!’ Etiquette doesn’t have the great sanctions that the law has. But the main sanction we do have is in not dealing with these people and isolating them because their behavior is unbearable.”

Judith Martin, who writes the Miss Manners syndicated advice column, in a 1995 interview with Virginia Shea, as quoted by Wikipedia www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judith_Martin. The picture shows fish fork from Wikipedia www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fork.

(c) 2007 Janice Harayda. All rights reserved.

2 Comments »

  1. I think etiquette books like “Manners That Sell” are needed particularly in the business environment. This is one place where etiquette matters and where manners makes a difference. Unfortunately manners are no longer being taught in the home and it is up to schools and employers to help bridge the gap.

    Comment by tltfaas1 — December 23, 2007 @ 4:54 pm | Reply

  2. A lot of businesses seem to be realizing this and trying to educate their employees either through courses or handouts or in other ways.

    Comment by 1minutebookreviewswordpresscom — December 23, 2007 @ 6:32 pm | Reply


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