When Did Common Courtesy Become a Problem?

My parents did not have a formal education, but you would think that they had graduated summa cum laude from the Emily Post School of Etiquette. They weren’t uptight and rigid, and we definitely did not have to negotiate among endless cutlery and stemware for an evening meal. But we did have to eat sitting down, we did not chew with our mouths open, we kept a napkin in our laps, and we said “Please” and “Thank you” as we …

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