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name for the codes of rules governing social or diplomatic intercourse. These codes vary from the more or less flexible laws of social usage (differing according to local customs or taboos) to the rigid conventions of court and military circles, and they extend to the legal, medical, and other professions. All cultures include forms of etiquette; often, etiquette has been used to enforce class distinctions, as well as safeguarding against conflict in social interactions.


See J. Martin, Miss Manners' Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior (1983); E. Post, Emily Post's Etiquette (15th ed. 1992); Amy Vanderbilt's Complete Book of Etiquette (ed. by N. Tuckerman, 1995).

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Acknowledging others' attempts at connectedness, while plain, old, common courtesy, is perhaps a small way to nullify the negative aspects of technology, but it's something we can do, if we choose.
Cf: "The only identity one can still have as a person is as a personality, which seems to be something less than a person blown up to look like more" Judith Martin, Common Courtesy, 55.
I thought it was common courtesy to wait your turn when someone is ahead of you.
I stand aside from a sense of common courtesy - a display of manners which needs to be acknowledged.
As we stood there freezing for a quarter of an hour, a woman passed us on the other side of the door and did not even acknowledge us or have the common courtesy to explain why the store was late opening.
By all means criticise his policies or performance robustly if you disagree with them but please don't let us all down by failing to show some common courtesy.
Common courtesy - on both sides of the smoking debate - can do wonders to resolve conflicts that will never yield to the rule of law.
The basic concept of common courtesy is above and beyond, I'm afraid, let alone 'the live and let live' mentality.
09) states that at a meeting of the planning and development committee which she attended respect and common courtesy were lacking, presumably from myself as chairman.
Common courtesy and common sense should have dictated his attendance.
Manners maketh a safer motorist and many ill-tempered British drivers need to learn common courtesy, says insurer Swinton.
Angus Webster, 20, Tynemouth, cricketer: Common courtesy doesn't seem so common now, but people would still help in emergencies.