Monday, August 25, 2008

Word of The Day: Manners

Manners

Function: noun

Etymology: Middle English manere, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *manuaria, from Latin, feminine of manuarius of the hand, from manus hand — more at manual

Date: 12th century

Definitions:
1. The socially correct way of acting; etiquette.
2. The prevailing customs, social conduct, and norms of a specific society, period, or group, especially as the subject of a literary work.

Examples:

Squeezing open sixteen ketchup packets for your fries while allowing your husband to take the container of ketchup you spent ten minutes getting by pumping the nearly empty dispenser like a pioneer at the well.

Smiling and making conversation in line at Wendy’s with the mentally disabled man you’ve never met before after he shows you all of the change in his pocket and then steps waaay into your personal space and gives you a big hug.

Sweetly saying, “Excuse me, please. May I pass?” to the two cranky women blocking the aisle in Wal-Mart instead of hollering, “Hey, could you move your a**. You’re mucking up the works!” when they give you a dirty look and move only a couple of inches.

8 comments:

Mike Golch said...

be nice to get them to move than under you breath say thanks for getting the hell out of the way.

oreneta said...

Wouldn't it be great sometimes to really say the things you'd like to say? Sometimes anyway...maybe to the ladies in Walmart...maybe not to the guy in the Wndy's line...

There was a woman today.....

Mia said...

Giving someone a blog award because they deserve it...
Stop by, I gave you an award!

karisma said...

Wonderful! Looks like I have PERFECT manners!

Amy's Angels said...

On the bus this a.m. I wanted so badly to say to the person in front of me, "Excuse me. I know you get the right to recline your seat. But your seat is so far back it's crushing my knees. Can we compromise?"

Nope. Instead I kept my mouth shut and have sore knees because of it.

I hate being Minnesota nice sometimes.

nikki said...

You have much more etiquette than I ever would.

Jan said...

Good for you. It never hurts, and you get tons of karma for being nice and/or polite.

Trailboss said...

LOVE your post!