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Outdated customs/etiquette you hope die
Thought this could be a nice topic and not too controversial.
Someone on another thread mentioned that in their opinion the etiquette of keeping your elbows off the dinner table was outdated and silly in the modern world because it doesn’t do anyone any harm. Apparently it was invented when diners used to fight at mealtimes because having your elbows on the table was seen as an aggressive gesture…these days fighting at the table is less of a problem!
What customs that are still respected today do you think are absurd and/or outdated?
A few of mine…
1. The neck tie. It used to serve the specific purpose of keeping your shirt done up but now we have buttons. The tie literally serves no purpose other than aesthetic. If anything it is an inconvenience, and being a little bit dramatic, maybe even a minor hazard.
2. Not taking about money. I think it needs talking about more, not less. People don’t understand enough about money and we need to increase understanding. Also using innuendos to talk about money. Saying “a 6 figure sum”, no, just say the amount. All that said, people can still talk about money without being brash, I think boasting is still vulgar.
3. “Ladies first”. Today’s society is meant to be one of equality, well that has to work both ways. Why should someone get favourable treatment to the seat on a bus or get to go first at a door purely because of their gender? It goes without saying if someone was pregnant or disabled I still would go out of my way to make things easier for them.
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