‘Etiquette’ still matters, so please pay attention

So… what is the right way to carve a turkey, or deal with a rude person?

Social graces are commonly taught in certain societies and yet when it comes to the simplest of things, such as what is the right thing to say when someone is grieving, most of us haven’t really been schooled in these matters, so we end up with awkward words which stumble out of our mouth and walk away feeling we could have done better.

This is where Emily Post steps in. Since 1922, “Emily Post’s Etiquette” guide has been helping people for several generations find the right thing to say and do in almost any situation which arises. It has been the standard guide for almost a century now.

Now, some may say, “Eh, that’s outdated stuff nowadays.”

If anything, given the rapid rate at which social networking and communications now reach almost everyone in the world, our need to have some form of guidelines like these is invaluable, as it helps us create better relations with those we come in contact with.

Fortunately for all of us, this “Emily Post’s Etiquette: 19th Edition” 2017 release is completely updated for our 21st century lives regardless of whatever scenario you find yourself in, whether it be in person or online!

Want to have a conversation about the politics of the day and not instigate a yelling match? How much is an appropriate tip, and when or where do you do it? Why is the fork on the left when most of us are going to use it with our right hand?

“Etiquette” covers everything, and it is amazing how useful it is, and how when you use it (even a little), people will respect you more by your actions.

Hey, a little goes a long way!

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Ed and Cynthia Justus are owners of The Bookstore in Hanapepe.

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