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The Rules: #3

September 14, 2009 by


#3: Show Nothing to your Friend that may affright him. I wonder what sorts of things the writer of these rules was thinking about. I mean, this was 400 years ago. They didn’t have any horror flicks or youtube videos. Maybe the rule was designed to cover spiders, snakes, and severed heads.

The Rules: #2

September 2, 2009 by


#2: When in Company, put not your Hands to any Part of the Body, not usually Discovered. In case you ever wondered why moms are obligated to tell their kids, “Stop scratching down there!” This one also covers picking your nose. The part about “not usually Discovered” gives us echoes of modesty from hundreds of […]

The Rules: #1

September 1, 2009 by


About 400 years ago, some people (French Jesuits, says this site) came up with the Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation. There are 110 rules in all. #1: Every Action done in Company, ought to be with Some Sign of Respect, to those that are Present. There you go. Every action. […]