Addressing the elephant in the room

George Washington rules of civility and DECENT BEHAVIOR the Red Hen owner and Maxine Waters should read the book

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George Washington at age sixteen,  had copied out by hand, 110 rules of Civility & Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation. They are based on a set of rules composed by French Jesuits in 1595.

Presumably they were copied out as part of an exercise in penmanship assigned by young Washington’s schoolmaster. I thought with all of the sexual allegations in Hollywood and Washington it would be good to remind people what decent behavior represents. Obvioulsly I do not have room in 1 post for 110 rules so I will break this into multiple post. A link for the little book is in my affiliate link. It is a good read.

Every action done in company, ought to be done with some sign of respect, to those that are present

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

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Obviously not decent behavior


Show Nothing to your Friend that may affright him

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

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

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

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

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Weiner/definitely not decent behavior











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

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

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

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

Shake not the head, Feet, or Legs roll not the Eyes 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

Kill no Vermin as Fleas, lice ticks &c in the Sight of Others, if you See any filth or thick Spittle put your foot Dexterously 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

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

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

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

Be no Flatterer, neither Play with any that delights not to be Play’d Withal

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 unasked also look not nigh when another is writing a Letter

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Rude cell phone definitely not decent behavior

Let your Countenance be pleasant but in Serious Matters Somewhat grave

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

Reproach none for the Infirmities of Nature, nor Delight to Put them that have in mind thereof

Show not yourself glad at the Misfortune of another though he were your enemy

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Ok so it’s hard not to laugh at the misfortune of Al

When you see a Crime punished, you may be inwardly Pleased; but always show Pity to the Suffering Offender

Do not laugh too loud or too much at any Public Spectacle

Superfluous Complements and all Affectation of Ceremony are to be avoided, yet where due they are not to be Neglected

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