Manners

Have Some Manners, Please

Sian Elvin | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sian Elvin

What kind of world do we live in now that no one bothers to tell another human being to have a nice day? ... Good manners can make someone's day, so let's all just give it a go. I'm sure we'll feel much better about ourselves as a result, and the world will probably be much nicer.

"Thank You for Your Understanding" Grrrrr

John C. Parkin | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
John C. Parkin

I'm increasingly being thanked for things I haven't given: "Thank you for your patience" whilst waiting for late trains, when I was anything but patient.

How About Just Being Nice and Polite to Each Other?

Daisy May Sitch | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Daisy May Sitch

Certain happenings of late have got me thinking about etiquette. Take for instance the sorry state/lack of genuine "Hey, good morning. How are you?" in the workplace or the mass disruption of the tube strike by the RMT and TSSA unions. Better yet, a fellow journalist being trolled for getting Vincent Vinturi's "rape manual" eBook removed from Amazon.

LOOK: Mind Your Manners – Or Pay More For Your Coffee

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 12.12.2013 | UK

It is said that good manners will cost you nothing – and in this case they’ll save you plenty. A café in France will bill you for your coffee...

LOOK: Mind Your Manners – Or Pay More For Your Coffee

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 12.12.2013 | UK

It is said that good manners will cost you nothing – but in this case they’ll save you plenty. A café in France will charge you for your coff...

Bloody British

Gina Lyons | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Comedy
Gina Lyons

On Saturday morning, we had a guy come round our flat to put up some picture frames up and do some general drilling. The embarrassment of being nearly 29 and not be able to do these things myself is a different matter. What proceeded to happen left me feeling even worse with myself.

Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word (To Understand)

Nigel Cannings | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK Comedy
Nigel Cannings

I attempted to put her straight, it seems to no avail. The "f" in "Get the f out of my way" is only introduced by adding "very" or "terribly" to the word "sorry". Hence "I am terribly sorry to bother you" means "I don't give a flying whatever that I have woken you up, interrupted your dinner, gatecrashed your wedding".

Mobile Phone Use by Many Is Outrageously Rude

Liberty Forrest | Posted 17.09.2013 | UK Tech
Liberty Forrest

What the hell did people do before emails and texting and mobiles anyway? Do you think everyone shrivelled up and died when they went to visit someone for a couple of hours and people couldn't get in touch with them?

The Customer Is Never Right

Chris Godfrey | Posted 08.09.2013 | UK Comedy
Chris Godfrey

Tesco today announced that it would be providing customers who forgo their pleases and thank-yous with double club card points. Not to be outdone Morr...

School Gives Etiquette Lessons To Boys After Girls Complain About Bad Manners

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Schoolboys have learnt "how to treat a lady" following a six month course of etiquette lessons at their school after their female classmates complaine...

What Business Can Learn From Wimbledon - Manners Is as Important as Money

Grant Feller | Posted 27.08.2013 | UK
Grant Feller

Once at Wimbledon, you're ushered through the gates with an abundance of warmth - genuine warmth - the people searching bags are encouraged to engage you in conversation and there is a helpfulness designed to make even the first-time Wimbledon-er feel at home.

Yes, I'm Internet Dating

Laura Jane Williams | Posted 02.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Jane Williams

I marvelled as I saw the tasty specimens with seemingly high IQs and smiles that would make mother buy a new hat. Except. Hold on. Those guys who had viewed my profile hadn't then contacted me. They'd checked me out, and obviously decided that actually no. No, they weren't interested...

The History of Being a Lady

Sara Sheridan | Posted 03.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sara Sheridan

Some matters are simply contentious. Sometimes you're never going to get it right. The politics of the Middle East, for example. Whether Scotland should or shouldn't become independent in 2014. Oh, and whether the term 'lady' is outmoded and derogatory or exactly what most women aspire to.

Hello New Technology, Bye Bye Common Courtesy!

Mette Poynton | Posted 15.05.2013 | UK Tech
Mette Poynton

Why has common courtesy and good manners gone out the window? Is it because the world wide web is so impersonal that we don't think of those on the other end as real people? Or have we, as a people, just become more rude and indifferent and this behavior is now the norm?

In Defence of Gents

William Davie | Posted 11.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
William Davie

The problem seems to be that of stereotyping. The stereotyped image - not helped by sites like UniLAD - of a male university student is of a hard drinking, banter mad, sexist frat boy. The stereotype of sports' team members was even worse

BELT! Why a Black Eye Reveals More About Those That View You

Hilary Robinson | Posted 06.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Hilary Robinson

It wasn't a particularly vicious assault, but last week I accidently, and forcefully, whacked my cheekbone with my own tennis racquet and, as a consequence, turned my blue eye black.

Have We Given Up Being Nice?

BritChick Paris | Posted 25.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
BritChick Paris

We have lost respect for our fellow human beings. We don't respect their personal space, their feelings, their boundaries, them full stop. We have become so self-obsessed we can't see as far as our own nose. We have so much yet nothing is ever enough. It all spells one word. Ingratitude.

In Defence of Chivalry

Ben Wakeling | Posted 24.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ben Wakeling

Whilst one day it would have been customary for the man to pay, now - according to a survey by gentlemen's sock supplier Socked.co.uk - 82% of women would prefer to pay for their dinner on a first date, with 52% saying that they would happily pay for the entire bill.

Is Saying Thank You Considered Rude?

James Emtage | Posted 23.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
James Emtage

One thing is for sure - saying thank you is a nice thing to do. It makes you feel good, and makes the receiver feel valued. We may not subscribe to the hand written parchments of old, with ruler straight lines and wafty words of gratitude penned from inky quills, but we do still subscribe to basics of liking to give and liking to be thanked.

Chivalry Is Dead! Good Manners Shouldn't Be Gender-Specific

Lauren Bravo | Posted 18.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Lauren Bravo

However much you dress it up in ideas of gentility and kindness (and a wimple), at the core of the concept is still the idea that women are weaker, and that we need men to lend us that helping hand.

'Manners Don't Cost a Thing'

Priya Shah | Posted 07.01.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Priya Shah

Like many students, I was determined to earn some money throughout my three-month summer break from university. Admittedly, I wasn't too fussed about where I worked.

Downton Etiquette Explained - Series 3, Episode 8

William Hanson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
William Hanson

Even though I have sat through the past eight weeks nit-picking and exclaiming in cod-horror every time one of the cast appeared with one too many buttons fastened, this third series of Downton Abbey has been excellent.

Downton Etiquette Explained - Series 3, Episode 7

William Hanson | Posted 29.12.2012 | UK Entertainment
William Hanson

The end of Downton series 3 is in sight. Quite frankly I don't know how I will cope when its gone. But let's not dwell, and focus on the issues of etiquette that were featured in the penultimate episode of this stellar series.

Downton Etiquette Explained - Series 3, Episode 6

William Hanson | Posted 21.12.2012 | UK Entertainment
William Hanson

Mrs Crawley drank her soup perfectly! It amazes me how many people today still cannot manage this.

Downton Etiquette Explained - Series 3, Episode 5

William Hanson | Posted 14.12.2012 | UK Entertainment
William Hanson

It seems almost callous to start unpicking the etiquette of tonight's deeply moving and sad episode... but here we go...