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Social graces etiquette at different occasions

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Stars Screen Binge Culture Media. Tech Innovate Gadget Mission: Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. Minding your manners Story highlights Etiquette experts offer tips on evenings out, travel, courteous kids and smartphones In the Middle Ages, a code of conduct limited violence among competing warriors Contrary to popular belief, elbows on the table are fine when you're not eating.

Welcome to Real Simple Finishing School -- your be-all, end-all, authority on awkward interactions, stressful situations and elbows on the table still rude?

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Meet our wise and wonderful etiquette e xperts. Benet Davetianauthor of "Civility: Catherine Newmanetiquette columnist for Real Simple.

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Anna Posta coauthor of "Emily Post's Etiquette, 18th edition," and a great-great-granddaughter of the famed manners maven. Smithpresident of Mannersmith, an etiquette consulting firm in Marblehead, Massachusetts, and author of "The Etiquette Book: A Complete Guide to Modern Manners. Where are your manners?


Gone the way of hoop skirts and high tea? Beyond the reflexive "please" and "thank you" just like Mom taught uspoliteness sometimes seems like a low and slow priority in a fast-paced, 4G world. Contrary to what you may think, we're not, as a culture, getting ruder.

In fact, experts agree that we're more conscious of respecting others than ever before.

Interesting when you consider why etiquette was invented in the first place: In the Middle Ages, a code of conduct was a way to limit violence among competing warriors. Look at that -- a "no spitting at the table" rule works! Later, in the Victorian era, according to Benet Davetian, author of "Civility: A Cultural History," complex rules of propriety were used as a means of differentiating among the classes. Not so nice, right? When the let-it-all-hang-out s rolled around, many of the old social graces broke down.

And now modern technology has introduced a slew of additional opportunities for rudeness which we take full advantage of!