Friday, May 9, 2014

Rules of Proper Etiquette Part 1 by George Washington

George Washington wrote his Rules of Civility and Decent Behaviour In Company and Conversation as a teenager.  110 rules became part of Washington’s list and helped with the development of America’s greatest Statesman.  The following is a list of the first 10 rules from Washington’s book:

 1st   Every Action done in Company, ought to be with Some Sign of Respect, to those that are Present

2d   When in Company, put not your Hands to any Part of the Body, not usually Discovered

3d   Shew Nothing to your Friend that may affright him

4   In the Presence of Others Sing not to yourself with a humming Noise, nor Drum with your Fingers or Feet

5th   If you Cough, Sneeze, Sigh, or Yawn, do it not Loud but Privately; and Speak not in your Yawning, but put Your handkerchief or Hand before your face and turn aside

6th   Sleep not when others Speak, Sit not when others stand, Speak not when you Should hold your Peace, walk not on when others Stop

7th   Put not off your Cloths in the presence of Others, nor go out your Chamber half Drest

8th   At Play and at Fire its Good manners to Give Place to the last Commer, and affect not to Speak Louder than Ordinary

9th   Spit not in the Fire, nor Stoop low before it neither Put your Hands into the Flames to warm them, nor Set your Feet upon the Fire especially if there be meat before it

10th   When you Sit down, Keep your Feet firm and Even, without putting one on the other or Crossing them

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