The 19th edition of “Emily Post’s Etiquette,” by Post’s great-great-grandchildren Lizzie Post and Daniel Post Senning, stays true to the spirit of her original guides while updating and expanding Post’s advice for the modern world.Some may hear the word “etiquette” and assume it refers mostly to stuffy and outdated rules about which fork to use at a fancy dinner.These probably wouldn’t have featured in their great-great-grandmothers’ books.
But manners also help social interactions go smoothly, and as society evolves, questions will always arise about how to handle situations without pain or awkwardness.
7 ways to be a good guest — and that includes your smartphone At its heart, the authors point out, etiquette is about communication and relationships.
Technology changes, but manners never go out of style.
Emily Post’s guides to etiquette have been the go-to source for manners in America for nearly a century, and now her descendants are carrying on her work.
This one covers protocol for engagement announcements, invitations, wedding planning, attire and the one everyone has the most questions about: gifts.
(Some pro-tips: It’s usually not necessary to bring a gift to an engagement party, but it varies, and it’s OK to ask the hosts.
Texting, for example: Treat texting like you would a regular conversation, the authors advise.
That means it’s probably rude to put off answering a text, or to bombard someone with messages.
In honor of the film’s throwback to a very different kind of society, we asked Beckinsale to read from a book of 18th century dating etiquette, which includes everything from the specific details of the “courting candle” to the dangers of women who reveal too much ankle.