The abundant use of profanity is one of the significant signs of what I call the "dumbing down of America." The excessive, needless, and inappropriate use of profane, coarse, crude, tasteless, and obscene language is becoming the norm.
When encountering rude or intrusive behavior in public venues, your best bet is to have someone in authority run interference for you. In a restaurant that's your server. A request (or threat) from the staff does the trick 98 percent of the time.
Let me wipe away all those thank you gift insecurities so that you can enjoy your weekend without thinking that you are a cheap, freeloading guest, which I think your friends already know, considering the invite.
If, like millions of graduates, you're leaving a university this year to enter the workforce, you'll likely be among those sticking a toe inside an office at some point. What follows is a list of four introductory tips geared at today's emerging herd of office-goers.
My daughter recently turned five, which makes me think now is the time to instill some serious values in her. Good etiquette has been thrown to the wayside, so here are the The Wordy Girl's Guide to Good Manners.
Perhaps we all need to take a step back and remind ourselves that we all arrived on this earth through a mother -- and the basic humanity deserved by any visibly pregnant woman needs greater attention.
Delivered with aplomb, the speaker took an adeptly right-handed swipe at President Obama. The response from the crowd was a predictable smattering of applause and boos, and while most sat in stunned silence, I was flabbergasted.
Why single out North Carolina, which is only one of 31 states that now have constitutional amendments prohibiting same-sex marriage? Most importantly, how would such a movement help to change the hearts and minds of the Tar Heels who voted in favor of Amendment 1?
God knows how long I took forcing these words into a coherent blog. But for the love of everything you hold dear: Please speak English. Speak any language. Speak anything longer than three letters. Speak anything more sophisticated than a LOLcat caption.
For those of you reading this who say it's unpatriotic to question the actions of an agency that stands guard against terrorism, let me ask you the following question: What if a real law enforcement agency or a branch of the military treated the civilian population like this?