Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Rules of Proper Etiquette Part 2 by George Washington

Continuing this week with George Washington's "Rules of Civility & Decent Behaviour In Company and Conversation."  The following are the next 10 rules from Washington's personal book:

11th  Shift not yourself in the Sight of others nor Gnaw your nails

12th  Shake not the head, Feet, or Legs rowl not the Eys lift not one eyebrow higher than the other wry not the mouth, and bedew no mans face with your Spittle, by approaching too near him when you Speak

13th  Kill no Vermin as Fleas, lice ticks &c in the Sight of Others, if you See any filth or thick Spittle put your foot Dexteriously upon it if it be upon the Cloths of your Companions, Put it off privately, and if it be upon your own Cloths return Thanks to him who puts it off

14th  Turn not your Back to others especially in Speaking, Jog not the Table or Desk on which Another reads or writes, lean not upon any one

15th  Keep your Nails clean and Short, also your Hands and Teeth Clean yet without Shewing any great Concern for them

16th  Do not Puff up the Cheeks, Loll not out the tongue rub the Hands, or beard, thrust out the lips, or bite them or keep the Lips too open or too Close

17th  Be no Flatterer, neither Play with any that delights not to be Play'd Withal.

18th  Read no Letters, Books, or Papers in Company but when there is a Necessity for the doing of it you must ask leave:  come not near the Books or Writings of Another so as to read them unless desired or give your opinion of them unask'd also look not nigh when another is writing a Letter.

19th  let your Countenance be pleasant but in Serious Matters Somewhat grave.

20th  The Gestures of the Body must be Suited to the discourse you are upon.

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