Manners; sometimes it seems the basic rules of etiquette are ignored by “modern” men. Below are five basic rules every man – especially a southern gentleman – should know and use. Hats off to Southern Guide to Life for this list.
In generations past, etiquette was a complex and intricate code of behavior that held a society together. Today, as our culture becomes ever more public, and our emphasis shifts to our “virtual” interaction, basic manners have begun to vanish.
But no matter how technological our society becomes, there are some manners that should never disappear.
5. Opening Doors
In the age of feminism, opening a door has become a controversial act. Some women have confused good manners with chauvinism and passed along this misconception to their menfolk. Rest assured that a gentleman opening a door for a lady is never out of fashion, especially in the South. Whether it be the office door for a stranger or a car door for your wife, it is considered good manners to open the door and allow her to go first. And while we are on the subject of gentlemanly manners, when walking on a sidewalk with a woman, guys should always be on the side next to the street as protection from wayward vehicles. We as women do not surrender anything in the way of feminism by allowing gentleman to be gentleman.
4. Thank You Notes
If someone takes the time to send you a gift, the least you can do
3. Asking for Gifts
The “Bridal Registry” was first implemented by Marshall Fields in 1924. Since then it has ballooned into a lucrative and
2. When to Leave a Party
Unless there is an emergency, guests should always remain until the final course has been served. This is usually desert and coffee. After dinner conversation may last from 20 minutes to an hour. If you do need to leave early, inform your host privately and as early as possible. If the party has a guest of honor, you should stay until their departure and then begin your own preparations to depart. To leave prior to the guest of honor is considered extremely rude. If there is no guest of honor, your host will cue your departure by clearing the table or inquiring politely about each guests transportation home. Prior to leaving, thank your host for a lovely evening and follow up the following day with a phone call and/or a thank you note.
1. Public Manners
In our increasingly technological age, we have lost the
Culled from One Southern man