• Susie Wilson

50 Etiquette Rules to Live By

Think it sounds too high-brow? It's really not! Keep reading for top tips from leading etiquette experts on how to be as polite as possible with these 50 etiquette rules to live by.

50 Etiquette Rules to Live By

1. Hold the door for the person behind you.

2. Never lick your knife.

3. Keep a supply of thank-you notes on hand for those times when someone gives you a gift.

4. Never take a roll from the breadbasket without offering it to your neighbour first.

5. Be punctual.

6. Let someone go in front of you in line.

7. Put your phone away during meals.

8. Always RSVP and do it right away before you forget.

9. Dress for the occasion. It’s better to be overdressed than underdressed.

10. Use your turn signal.

11. Return your shopping cart to the corral instead of leaving it in the parking lot.

12. Push in your chair when you leave the table.

13. Offer to help clean up.

14. Ask before bringing a guest.

15. Apologise when you are wrong.

16. Wait until everyone has been served before you begin eating.


18. Don't put your feet on someone else's furniture.

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19. Let people get off the elevator before you get on.

20. Don't groom yourself in public. This includes clipping your nails, brushing your hair or picking your teeth.

21. Don’t talk with your mouth full of food.

22. Return money that you borrow before the giver asks for it.

23. Never order the most expensive item on the menu if you’re not paying the bill.

24. Never give advice unless someone asks or pays for it.

25. Treat the janitor with the same respect as the CEO.

26. When someone shows you a picture on their phone, don’t swipe left or right.

27. Don't spit in public.

28. Pick up after your dog.

29. Offer to help someone on an airplane who is struggling to stow their luggage.

30. Don't double-dip at a party.

31. Respect everyone's personal space.

32. Don't correct someone's grammar in public.

33. Talk less; listen more.

34. Don't stare.

35. Keep your word.

36. Keep your voice down when walking down a hotel hallway. And don’t slam your hotel door.

37. Avoid finishing other people's sentences.

38. Don't block the baggage conveyor while waiting for your bags at an airport. Allow enough room for others to retrieve their bags.

39. Say "excuse me," after you burp or pass gas.

40. If someone offers you a mint, take it.

41. Treat people how you want to be treated.

42. If you have more than you need, share it with someone who has less.

43. Always say "thank you" to show your graciousness.

44. Assume the best of people.

45. Send a thank you note within 48 hours of a meeting or event.

46. If you use something public, tidy it up for the next person.

47. Is someone in a rush to get in your lane while driving? Let them in.

48. If you are going to dinner at someone's home, don't go empty-handed; take something.

49. If you borrow something, return it with a little extra.