October 2, 2014
ETIQUETTE is not just about which fork to use. Perhaps more importantly, it's about your behavior and how you respectfully treat others. After all, isn't etiquette the invisible glue that holds civilized societies together? The obvious answer is a resounding yes! Unfortunately, nowhere is this loss of etiquette more apparent than at the gym. Is it the technology, permissive parenting, or are schools to blame for these obvious lapses in common sense and manners? While I can't pinpoint the exact root causes for these poor behaviors, here I endeavor to shed a little light on them.
June 22, 2014 |
Earlier this month, I went to Moorestown to watch my mother run the Scott Coffee Moorestown Rotary 8K. I saw her take off, but I didn't see her finish. That's because at the time of her finish, I was trying to get a woman and a half-dozen kids off the course. The approach to the finish line is also the site of the town's spirit day. Vendors set up along the course and wait until the race is over to start hawking their wares - or at least they're supposed to. While the race was still going on, one vendor directed a half-dozen kids with sidewalk chalk to take up half the road.
May 22, 2014 |
On a recent rush-hour Market-Frankford train, a woman lugging a large bag settled into a spot just inside the doorway - or, more precisely, blocking it. As the next stop approached, a man yelled "Coming through!" and tried to squeeze by. She suggested he wait his turn; he suggested she calm down. Bickering ensued. SEPTA ridership is up, but, given scenes like this, some would say common courtesy is not keeping pace. Passengers who a decade ago might have had a couple of seats to themselves are now being packed in more tightly than ever.
September 9, 2013 |
WITH NEARLY 3 million Twitter followers, Meek Mill has lots of fans, but one of his newest and most unlikely admirers was seated next to him in court yesterday - his etiquette instructor. The 26-year-old rapper, whose real name is Robert Williams, was ordered in May to receive etiquette training by Judge Genece Brinkley to address how he speaks in court, his behavior outside of court and his social-media postings. Gail Madison, head of the Madison School of Etiquette and Protocol in Huntingdon Valley, gave a glowing review of her one and only four-hour session with Williams, whom she said was a willing pupil.
July 1, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA rapper Meek Mill has a busy summer planned: He'll be recording an album in New York, performing in the Dominican Republic and making stops in Miami, Atlanta and Baltimore. But by Aug. 4, he had better have completed etiquette classes, a Philadelphia judge warned the rapper yesterday. Meek Mill - legally known as Robert Williams - is in need of the classes based on how he speaks in court, how he acts outside of court and things he has posted on social-media sites, Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley said during a probation status hearing.
June 30, 2013 |
In a contentious hearing, a Philadelphia judge on Friday ordered up-and-coming rapper Meek Mill to attend etiquette classes and provide his probation officer with details of all travel plans. Common Pleas Court Judge Genece E. Brinkley told Meek Mill, also known as Robert Williams, he must complete the classes before Aug. 4 and notify his probation officer, Treas Underwood, any time he wants to travel outside Pennsylvania. Those orders came at a probation-violation hearing for Williams, who is on probation for a 2008 gun and drug conviction.
June 28, 2013 |
Question: I am confused over gift-giving etiquette with the current generation. I have always been prompt in sending gifts, money, cards to my relatives for birthdays, holidays, weddings, births, etc. Yet none of these gifts has been acknowledged through mail, telephone, or electronic means to (at least) notify me they had actually arrived. I have always been prompt in sending a thank-you note or calling within a day or two of receipt regardless of the size or nature of the gift. As a retiree on a fixed income, I am inclined to cease sending gifts and only send cards.
April 6, 2013 |
OMG! I just had my Herpes test and it was SO GROSS! What's acceptable online? Has communicating come to this? Could it be the norm in social media, where etiquette, good manners, and decency may be all but forgotten? It's easy to hide behind an anonymous user name, but that is no excuse for boorish, coarse behavior or mean online personalities. Keri White, who writes for the etiquette blog thesocialgrace.com, says that social media etiquette is not that much different from the older forms of communication.
March 25, 2013 |
As I watch people text in public - head down, earplugs in, oblivious but still shuffling forward à la the Walking Dead - I can't help but wonder when we'll see a news story about one of them strolling into traffic and being run over. How did we get so hooked? Texting is one of those habits that came so quickly to our society that everything from schools to hospitals to state capitals - institutions that say things in full sentences and without emoticons - are scrambling to impose rules of the road, literally and figuratively.
December 16, 2012
Debra Nussbaum is an adjunct journalism professor at Rowan University When Emily Post penned her famous tome on etiquette in 1922, she never could have envisioned that, decades down the road, there would need to be many new chapters written on civility and manners, thanks to technology. E-mails, texts, Facebook messages, and tweets have presented modern dilemmas on what constitutes polite behavior. The biggest challenge for many of us may be figuring out when communicating electronically is just not appropriate.