Academic journal article et Cetera

Miss Manners Rescues Civilization: From Sexual Harassment, Frivolous Lawsuits, Dissing and Other Lapses in Civility

Academic journal article et Cetera

Miss Manners Rescues Civilization: From Sexual Harassment, Frivolous Lawsuits, Dissing and Other Lapses in Civility

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Judith Martin. Miss Manners Rescues Civilization: From Sexual Harassment, Frivolous Lawsuits, Dissing and Other Lapses in Civility. Crown: New York, 1996.

Judith Martin, using the pseudonym "Miss Manners," writes an internationally syndicated newspaper column on questions of etiquette. In this volume, using a combination of essays and answers to her Gentle Readers' questions, she philosophically and humorously examines etiquette's role in maintaining social order and advocates a return to civilized behavior.

Miss Manners uses the word "manners" to refer to the principles underlying any system of etiquette, and "etiquette" to refer to the particular rules used to express these principles. All societies have etiquette rules. Although these rules may differ widely, they all come from the same mannerly principles. For example, a universal principal is "Show respect in a house of worship." Two rules to turn this into an action, equally valid under the appropriate circumstances, but directly opposite to each other are:

1. A gentleman must take off his hat in church.

2. A gentleman must wear a hat in a synagogue (unless it's a reform synagogue).

If one wants to show good manners one needs to practice correct etiquette (which Miss Manners advises she will teach you if you read her book).

We are informed that the application of etiquette can overcome our national overwillingness to use the legal system to correct an ever increasing list of societal offenses. …

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