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Five Basic Rules of Etiquette

Updated on October 19, 2015

Say ‘Excuse Me’....

Or use your turn signal, which is the vehicular version of saying excuse me. Saying excuse me does not count if you have already shoved past someone. This is not rocket science, people. The correct word to use, if the above should happen, would be ‘sorry’.

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'Thank You' and 'You’re Welcome' Never Go Out of Style....

‘Give thanks in all circumstances’.[1] These simple words not only show respect for the person you are talking with, they also mark you as a person with manners - it is just plain polite.

And while we are on the subject of saying thank you, thank you is equally important to use at the drive though and with mini-mart attendants. A person's manners are defined by how they treat those that are not in a position to defend themselves.


Basic Table Manners Are A Necessity....

For the average person, it is not important that you know which fork to use, or which direction to spoon your soup. What is important is simple things like eating with your mouth shut, not talking with your mouth full, and using your napkin to wipe your face (not your shirt). Also important, depending on who you are eating with, is not burping/farting and/or talking about bodily functions and bugs.


Clean Up After Yourself!

This cannot be stressed enough; if you drop something, pick it up. If you throw something away, and it misses the trashcan, then you pick it up again. This includes cigarette butts, gum, miscellaneous trash, and any food items that might be biodegradable but makes the area look messy (like orange peels). When you leave your garbage for other people to look at and/or clean up, you are showing your absolute, selfish disregard for anyone other than yourself.

And, while we are on this subject, cleaning up after other people will not kill you. If you are reading this, and you hear yourself saying 'but I did not make the mess', then congratulations, you sound just like a teenager, it is time to take a grown up pill.

Pet Peeves

Which, of the above mentioned forms of rudeness, annoys you the most?

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Listen, Without Interrupting.

You never know, you might learn something new. However, whether you learn something new or not, you will show the world that you understand that you are not the center of the universe, and can occasionally put your own needs (for attention or acceptance) aside when it's necessary.

[1] 1 Thessalonians 5:18


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    • Melindas Mind profile image

      Melinda 5 years ago from Oregon

      Yes. I blame it on business and that people are getting more and more removed from each other, what with the internet and all that. Sometimes it's easy to forget simple things like these.

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      Melinda 5 years ago from Oregon

      Thank you, and I agree. I would have added that if I'd thought of it before hand. lol

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      Melinda 5 years ago from Oregon

      I agree, but I felt that these are etiquette lessons that are universal, I think.

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      Melinda 5 years ago from Oregon

      Thank you.

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      Melinda 5 years ago from Oregon

      Honestly, of all the rules I put up, the littering of cigarette buts is my biggest pet peeve. Mostly because I don't smoke, but it's just nasty looking.

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      inevitablesecrets 6 years ago from California

      Unfortunately I think people forget these too often

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      Civil War Bob 6 years ago from Glenside, Pennsylvania

      Good hub, voted up, useful and funny at the burping/farting part, MM!! One more rule I'd add: Actual LISTEN without interrupting when someone is talking to you. Enjoy your day.

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      cebutouristspot 6 years ago from Cebu

      Great idea. Am not sure if this should be included but knowing once culture and tradition is also vital in executing proper etiquette

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      Melissa Flagg OSC 6 years ago from Rural Central Florida

      I always thought these things were common courtesies, but unfortuntately they aren't common anymore. Great hub, it should be required reading for everyone!

      Voted up and thanks for SHARING.

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Good rules to teach children. Adults could use this information as well. I especially appreciate the "pick up your cigarette butts. Voted up and thanks.