Etiquette, the invisible rulebook that’s been hanging over our heads for centuries. While some rules have stood the test of time, others are as outdated as a rotary phone. Here’s a look at 18 old etiquette rules ready for retirement.
Addressing by Titles
Using titles like Mr., Mrs., or Miss feels too formal these days. It used to be a sign of respect, but now it’s like wearing a tux to a BBQ. We’re all on a first name basis, and that’s totally cool!
Men Paying the Bill
Gone are the days when men were expected to always pick up the tab. Equality takes the stage, making ‘going Dutch’ the new norm. Sharing is caring, and it’s wallet-friendly too!
Forbidden Elbows on the Table
Remember being scolded for this? Relax, placing your elbows on the table isn’t the crime it once was. Comfort over ceremony, we say. Just keep the slurping to a minimum!
Women Awaiting the Date’s Initiative
Ladies waiting forever by the phone, those days are history. Today, making the first move is not just accepted, but applauded. Confidence is the new sexy, no matter who you are.
Writing Thank-You Notes
Yes, gratitude is still golden but, thank-you emails or texts can do the trick. Swift and efficient – modern times call for modern gratitude. No postage necessary!
Wearing Hats Indoors
Men removing hats indoors was Etiquette 101. Today, as long as it’s not a formal setting, feel free to rock that cap. Fashion trumps tradition!
Matching Shoes and Bags
Matchy-matchy is old school. Today, contrasting accessories reign supreme. It’s all about expressing individual style. Mix, don’t match – that’s our modern motto.
Gents Holding Doors
Chivalry isn’t dead, but it’s not just for the guys. Today, whoever gets to the door first holds it. Gender aside, it’s courtesy that counts.
Equality is in, so ‘ladies first’ is out. Today, it’s about being considerate to everyone, regardless of gender. Respect knows no gender!
Silence Your Laughter
A hearty laugh was once seen as unruly. Now, a good giggle is not just allowed; it’s needed. Laugh out loud, the world needs it!
Strictly Business Attire
Office wear used to be all suits and ties. Today, many workplaces embrace casual attire. Just no pajama pants, please. We’re casual, not comatose!
Don’t Discuss Money
Talking money was once a no-go. These days, it’s okay to discuss salaries and prices. Transparency is the trendy new accessory everyone is wearing.
No Phones at the Table
While being glued to your phone is a faux pas, having it at the table isn’t. It’s a camera, news source, and lifeline, all rolled into one.
RSVP By Mail
Sending RSVPs by snail mail is as outdated as it sounds. A quick text or email does the job. Swift, simple, sorted!
Men Shouldn’t Wear Pink
Pink for girls, blue for boys – old news! Colours have no gender. Wear what makes you feel fabulous, societal norms be damned!
Refrain from Talking Politics
We used to avoid politics like the plague. Now, discussing policies and ideologies is common and encouraged. Let’s get that dialogue going!
Always Bring a Gift
While gifts are nice, your presence is the real prize. No need to stress about that perfect housewarming gift. Just bring yourself (and maybe some snacks)!
Wait for Introductions
Formal introductions can take a backseat. Say hello, offer a handshake, or a friendly wave. Spontaneity is the spice of social life!
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