tiquette may seem as stuffy as a top hat and tails in today’s informal, egalitarian world, but modern life presents its own challenges when it comes to decorum. There’s no question many of us are searching for a little help. Respected newspapers, such as the New York Times and the Washington Post, field a multitude of queries in their weekly advice columns Social Q’s and Miss Manners. These questions range from the simple to the life altering: What do I do with a bafflingly worded invitation? (Ask the host for clarification); My family won’t accept my husband because we’re gay — should we include them at Christmas dinner? (Yes, but be clear that the invite is from both of you.) And though Emily Post may evoke images of neatly folded napkins and outdated order, the doyenne of manners is still surprisingly relevant, now with her greatgreat grandchildren running her etiquette empire. There’s even an online Emily Post resource with the groan-worthy moniker of “Etipedia,” that promises quick etiquette reference sections for Everyday Manners, Communication & Technology, and On the Job. Even with all that, what constitutes as polite behaviour in our modern world remains mysterious.
POINTS FOR GOOD BEHAVIOUR There are enough people committed to etiquette self-improvement, for personal or professional reasons, that modernday equivalents of finishing school are surprisingly common. Louise Fox is the creator and owner of Etiquette Ladies, a Canadian company that teaches proper etiquette to people across the country. When she was a little girl, Fox would host tea parties in : An acquaintance her backyard and charge five cents to always greets me teach people how to with a loud, doublehold their cups. cheek kiss. Is there “I was one of a way to avoid this? those kids you : Next time you probably just wanted meet, try extending to push, but etiquette your arm and offer was in my DNA,” she to shake hands, says. which should give Fox’s grandmother a clear message. came to Canada from (A social kiss — any Scotland in 1918. kiss — should never She was born into come with sound a poor family and, effects.)
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