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Do you know any adults who could "brush up" on these?
#25: Don't reach for things at the table; ask to have them passed.Hmm... not really at a Chinese table in Asia. I had to quickly learn to use those chopsticks because if I wasn't quick there would barely be any food when I would be eating with my Chinese friends.#23Use eating utensils properly. If you are unsure how to do so, ask your parents to teach you or watch what adults do. ~ Yes, I know a lot of adults who don't know how to hold their knives and forks properly. Honestly, I don't mind if they use the wrong utensil, but at least hold and use them properly - for their own comfort and safety.#21: When an adult asks you for a favor, do it without grumbling and with a smile. ~ More people should practice this! And with a real smile, please!#19: As you walk through a door, look to see if you can hold it open for someone else. ~ Clearly many people didn't get the memo on this. Not even when they know that a person behind them is pushing a wheelchair with someone in it, and has groceries on the handles of the wheelchair.#17: If you bump into somebody, immediately say "Excuse me." ~ I've been glared at so many times when they bump into *me*.#16: Even if a play or an assembly is boring, sit through it quietly and pretend that you are interested. The performers and presenters are doing their best. ~ This is one of the times that I do sit quietly and stay interested. But when it's a professional production... I stay until the entr'acte then leave.#13: Never use foul language in front of adults. Grown-ups already know all those words, and they find them boring and unpleasant. ~ Oh boy. Some people don't learn!#11: When you make a phone call, introduce yourself first and then ask if you can speak with the person you are calling. ~ Hee hee... I've often picked up the phone to hear, "Who's this?" Excuse me, *you* called *me*!#6: The world is not interested in what you dislike. Keep negative opinions to yourself, or between you and your friends, and out of earshot of adults. ~ Actually, this is something that I do ask kids. I really want and need to know what or who my nephew dislikes. He might dislike because he misunderstands something or somebody.
Though I've posted a lot of comments, I'm fortunate that the majority of the people that I know are not boors (or bores.) We all encounter people who need to brush up on their manners.
Strictly for adults: please refrain from excessive alcohol consumption especially if you know that you have a problem. Making a scene in public distresses everyone, embarasses your hosts and only ruins your reputation. No one thinks that drunken behaviour is funny.
Always a good reminder of all of us. aren't they!?
#11: When you make a phone call, introduce yourself first and then ask if you can speak with the person you are calling. ~ Hee hee... I've often picked up the phone to hear, "Who's this?" Excuse me, *you* called *me*!
Especially when you have caller id.