The 15 Main Rules of Modern Etiquette


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Published: 1 year ago
There are several nuances which only a small number of people seem to know. Bright Side collected 15 rules which can make your life (and those of others’) more pleasant.
Being well-versed in the basics is good and all, but there are lots of nuances that only a small number of people seem to know.

TIMESTAMPS
Never visit without calling first 0:22
Never leave an umbrella open to dry 1:19
Never put a handbag on your lap or your chair 1:55
Wear pants and a sweater at home 2:24
If a child lives in their own room, knock before entering 2:50
Ladies can wear their hat and gloves indoors 3:13
Don’t wear more than 13 accessories 3:52
Inviting someone to a restaurant means you pay 4:33
Don’t inconvenience people on an elevator 5:04
The most prestigious seat in a car is behind the driver 5:49
Face the people already sitting while going to your seat 6:25
Taboos for small talk: politics, religion, health, and money 7:19
Informality between strangers is forbidden 7:53
Discussing those who are absent is unacceptable 8:29
It's better to keep nine things secret 8:50

SUMMARY
- Don't ask for the Wi-Fi password.
- Take off your shoes before stepping on the hosts' lovely carpet.
- Don't explore bedrooms without permission.
- Don't raid the host’s fridge or help yourself to food without being offered.
- Don't bring your pet without asking first. I’m sure your chihuahua is the cutest thing ever, but somebody in the house may have a pet allergy.
- It's considered good manners to bring a gift if you’re invited to a party.
- Your open umbrella takes up a lot of space and could inconvenience other people. You should just close it and put it on an umbrella stand or a hook.
- A handbag or purse should be hung on the back of a chair or put on the floor if there isn't one.
- A robe and sleepwear are meant only for going to the bathroom in the morning and from the bathroom to the bedroom in the evening.
- As soon as your kids are in elementary school, ask permission before entering their room. This way, your children will do the same when coming into your bedroom.
- Women may leave their fashion hats on at weddings, lunches, or garden parties. They don't have to take their decorative hat off at religious services or at the movies either.
- If a woman invites a business partner to a restaurant, she pays. If someone says, "Let's go out to eat!" and everybody agrees, that means everyone pays for themselves.
- In a packed elevator, the people standing nearest to the doors are supposed to step outside at all the stops in order to let people exit.
- Wherever a woman decides to sit, the man should open her door for her and help her get out of the car.
- The rules of etiquette have decided that it’s worse to put your rear end in their face, so go to your seat while facing the other people sitting.

What other etiquette rules do you follow? Tell us in the comments below.

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Are there any weird etiquette rules in your country?

Here're really unexpected etiquette rules from different countries http://www.youtubesmov.com/mov/4QwD-pS7NjB/vid.html

8 months ago

Thus is lot of rubbish and I am from the UK

1 month ago

The British made things complicated. In my culture it is more important to show kindness, honesty, say thank you and please a lot, dress appropriately (cover up) and have healthy personal space. As for umbrellas on the ground and asking wifi passwords there is no issue.

4 months ago

Bgm?

4 months ago

In Poland we never put the handbags on the floor (Apparently it makes money run away ;-)

5 months ago

5

5 months ago

Some of these are flat out ridiculous lololol

2 days ago

number 13 is perfect for pick pockets lol

5 days ago

is it rude when you dont offer food when you're eating?

6 days ago

tough not to talk about your boyfriend to your best friend!

6 days ago

don't throw cigarette smoke on others

6 days ago

I've always heard that putting your purse on the ground is bad luck.

6 days ago

I don't find rude to ask someone about their age, because is just a pair of numbers.

1 week ago

#11 is a joke. I’m not asking for permission to go into my child’s room! I could see some parents outside their child’s door saying, “C’mon honey let me come in.” Absolutely not happening in my house. Our child knows that if our door is closed he MUST knock and WAIT until someone answers and invites him. The entire transaction takes place before his hand ever makes contact with the door knob.

1 week ago

Nice..........

1 week ago

OMG, Bright side are Strict Parents 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

1 week ago

But some women get mad if they open the dooe for you

2 weeks ago

I can open the car door by myself

2 weeks ago

Observe body language you'll come to know whether the person is comfortable or the opposite
Wherever you go specially in social gathering be an observer

3 weeks ago

How does someone not know these? I learned all of them when i was 5

3 weeks ago

We all have room for improvement. Especially beyond when we're five years old.

2 weeks ago

We doesn't have kids privacy in our country 😩😩

1 month ago

Leaving your umbrella open to dry is considered rude?? I never knew that. On rainy school days, pretty much every single classmate of mine leaves their umbrella open to dry on the floor, usually in the back of the class. If there's a lot of umbrellas, which there usually are, they go all the way from the back of the class to right in front of the board.
Sometimes it's annoying when you try to get up from your seat and trip over some guy's umbrella, but I never knew it was considered rude. Even our teachers do it when they enter the classroom.

1 month ago

12. pants and sweater? I guess you don't get real summers where the heat is so bad you can sweat where you are sitting.
You should wear what is appropriate for you region or climate.


7. People getting on the lift, should wait for those getting off first.

I don't know how many times when getting off I've fought through people trying to get on at the same time, or those simply crowding around the entrance. People waiting should stand to the side until those on board have left first.


5. So it's okay to rub your backside against the back of the head on someone seated in the row in front? Because that's what happens to taller people sitting down. And some people have really big backsides.

One can also grip the back of the seat if you are facing it in case you trip over one of those handbags on the floor.

1 month ago

Thank you for a wonderful picture

1 month ago

When you see a person with a disability with someone else, and you want to ask the person with a disability a question, talk to them, do not under any circumstances talk to the person that they are with first. That is extremely rude. Also when you see a service animal, do not touch. You may ask questions about the service animal, and the person with the animal may allow you to say hello, do not get offended however if they do not. Service animals are to keep those of us with disabilities safe. They have a job to do.

1 month ago

When you’re not expecting company and you just don’t want to be bothered, just don’t answer the door plain and simple

1 month ago

Respect your elders by their behaviour not by their age or by how much knowledge they have.

1 month ago

😄

1 month ago

Not taking your own food and drinks - ok, what if I do not want the popcorn and coke? We always get some healthy snack and water and I am convinced that it is ok. If the cinema or other places offered fresh juices or fruit / vegetable salads next to the junk food, then I would accept the etiquette advice.

1 month ago

Hahahaha

1 month ago

I am afraid i don't hang my purse on a chair and why are you speaking about your underwear (pants)

1 month ago

better explained: dont talk at all with anyone anywhere .... 🙄

1 month ago

Be a gentleman all the time good behavior everybody’s feel excellent yes that’s right

1 month ago

In the modern world it's upsetting when an adult is just considered nice to have mannerism but kids are considered to be either acting to mauch like an adult or to be too boring just because thay are polite.

1 month ago

Just my opinion, but whenever going to a formal event, switch out to a smaller purse. Only bring the essentials (keys, wallet, phone, and maybe some lipstick or small cosmetic items. If you know you likely will not need it, don’t bring it with you).

Secondly, if people are sleeping in the house, always twist the handle when going to close a door. Twist it all the way before opening or closing it; the idea is to make as little noise as possible. Same rules apply to places like classrooms, libraries, or other quiet environments.

When making a hot beverage, always offer to make one for someone else. Never just make hot tea or coffee without offering it to anyone.

Make eye contact with speaking; even if you are not interested in the conversation, by making eye contact you show that you care about what they have to say.

No elbows on the table, hands should be either in your lap or neatly folded in front of you. Has to do with posture.

Smile often; smiling is contagious, and it makes you more approachable. It doesn’t have to be a big, goofy grin, just a content, natural, relaxed smile or expression. In other words, avoid “resting b*** face”

1 month ago

this was a really good one: the 13 accessories and 9 things not to discuss were new 2 me!

1 month ago