(a) What do you understand by etiquette and manner? (b) What is the relation between etiquette and manner? (c) What are the places of learning etiquette and manner? (d) Do you think etiquette and manner are the same irrespective of society to society and culture to culture? (e) Why are etiquette and manner important?
Man is a social animal. So following a social code of behaviour is important for living in the society. These are called social behaviour. We have two terms to describe our social behaviour – etiquette and manners. Etiquette is a French word. It is a set of rules dealing with exterior form. Manners are an expression of inner character. Rules of etiquette are the guiding codes that enable us to practice manners. Manner is considered to be polite in a particular society or culture. Manners can be good or bad. For example, it is a bad manner to speak with food in one’s mouth. No one likes a bad-mannered person. Etiquette and manners vary from culture to culture and from society to society. The best place to learn manners and etiquette is the home where the child spends most of their time. Besides home, we also learn etiquette and manners from various institutions, such as schools. colleges or professional bodies. Again, there are rules of behaviour for all kinds of social occasions and it is important to learn them and practise them in everyday life. The manners that are correct in a wedding reception will not do in a debating club. Therefore, we have to be careful about etiquette and manners. A few polite expressions such as ‘pardon me.’ ‘excuse me, ‘May 1,’ can make our day smooth and pleasant. Although they do not cost anything, they bring us valuable gains. They enhance the pleasure of life. One can win over even the enemy if he presents good manners. Good
manners and etiquettes are the keys to success.