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The Death of Manners

Are
we becoming more rude? Lisa Gache, co-founder of Beverly Hills Manners
in Los Angeles, thinks so. She noticed that courteous language is slowly
going away, and blames society’s modern, casual style:

"The slow erosion of the ‘magic words’ in our everyday vernacular,"
says Gache, who coaches people to be more civil, "has to do with
the predilection toward all things casual in our society today. Casual
conversation, casual dress and casual behavior have hijacked practically
all areas of life, and I do not think it is doing anyone a service."

Other polite phrases also seem to be falling by the wayside. "You’re
welcome," for instance. Say "thank you" to someone these
days, and instead of hearing "you’re welcome," you’re more
liable to hear: "Sure." "No problem." "You
bet." "Enjoy." Or a long list of replies that replace
the traditional "you’re welcome."

Instead of saying "thank you," people say "got it."
Or "have a good one." Or, more often, nothing at all. And
in lieu of saying "no, thank you," reactions such as "I’m
good" are increasingly common.

"The responses ‘have a good one,’ ‘I’m good’ or ‘you bet,’
do not carry the same sentiment or convey the same conviction as when
we are sincerely expressing our gratitude or thanks," Gache says.
"They feel less invested, almost as if they are painful to utter
under our breath."

So, the question is: can you still have good manners without saying "please,"
"thank you" and "you’re welcome"? I’d appreciate it
if you could answer the question, please. Thank you!

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Date
March 14th, 2012

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Stranger to the World

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