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Top 20 etiquette rules for living and good behavior

Top 20 etiquette rules

Let’s face it the world is full of slobs and rude arrogant people. I thought it might help us all to get along better to post the Top 20 etiquette rules for living. Maybe later I will find some material for dress codes because lets face it how people dress going out is just embarrassing. Let’s get to the list for a full list see Readers digest top 50.


If you’re seated at a table with eight or fewer guests, wait until everyone is served and for the hostess to begin eating before you dig in. At a long banquet table, it’s OK to start when several people are seated and served.


All items not having to do with food (and decoration) should remain off the table: keys, clutch bags, sunglasses, and especially phones.


If you’re in a situation where you’d excuse yourself to go to the bathroom, you should also excuse yourself before reaching for your phone.


Don’t make a big deal of saying you don’t drink. Simply place your fingertips on the rim of the glass and say “Not today, thanks.” This implies no judgment of those who wish to imbibe.

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Don’t use a speakerphone unless you’re in your office and holding a meeting that’s being attended by someone remotely. Alert the person you’re speaking with that others are present, close the door, and definitely don’t be a chatterbox while you talk. FYI: Using speakerphone at full volume to go through your voice mailbox is the definition of annoying.


Whoever arrives first gets the door. PERIOD


When talking to someone in person, don’t glance down at your cell phone to see who’s trying to reach you. (My top pet peeve don’t be rude live in the moment)


Work emails can be sent anytime, but business texts should be restricted to one hour before the start of the workday to two hours after it ends, according to The Modern Gentleman.


Grabbing a bowl of salad or a salt shaker as it’s being passed to someone who asked for it is the equivalent of cutting in line: greedy and rude.


When out with friends or family—even at a fancy restaurant—it’s fine to ask for your leftovers to be wrapped. But don’t do it at a business lunch or dinner.


Don’t check personal devices during a meeting attended by your boss or anyone else who can make her disapproval your problem.


If you leave your cell phone at your desk, turn it off. Particularly if your ringtone is anything Justin Bieber-ish.


If you need to get up during a flight, don’t yank the back of the seat in front of you as you do. (Planes are full of rude and arrogant slobs)


Keep to the right on the sidewalk, and keep moving. Don’t stop to text or check email, especially at a building entrance.


If you use your iPod with cheap, leaky earbuds, those near you hear your playlist as if it’s being played on the world’s tiniest buzz saw.


Don’t talk on cell phones in a waiting room, checkout line, restaurant, train, or (heaven forbid!) bathroom stall. (Yea dumb ass)

top 20 etiquette rules

It’s OK (and even advisable) to follow your boss on Twitter, but you shouldn’t try to friend him or her on Facebook. Friends implies equivalency; followers, not so.


Never show up empty handed to a party. Wine or flowers advisable


Don’t post sensitive personal information on social media, especially if your co-workers can see what you post. (how many people have been fired for this one)


Always be on time. Letting the person know you’re running late doesn’t make it acceptable. Show others you value their time!

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