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Mr. Boddington's Etiquette: Charm and Civility for Every Occasion

Mr. Boddington's Etiquette: Charm and Civility for Every Occasion

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Mr. Boddington's Etiquette: Charm and Civility for Every Occasion

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366 pagine
2 ore
Pubblicato:
Mar 27, 2018
ISBN:
9781452158327
Formato:
Libro

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The witty and eloquent Mr. Boddington offers dos and don'ts for polite society in this comprehensive and thoroughly amusing guide that provides modern advice with a traditional perspective. Covering everything from weddings to gift-giving moments, social events, hosting guests, and so much more, Mr. Boddington shares the basic etiquette one needs to know and presents it all in his signature style. Filled with charming illustrations from the beloved Mr. Boddington's Studio, this jaunty handbook is just the thing to make manners less of a fuss.
Pubblicato:
Mar 27, 2018
ISBN:
9781452158327
Formato:
Libro

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Mr. Boddington's Studio is a New York–based stationery design team led by Rebecca S. Ruebensaal.


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Mr. Boddington's Etiquette - Mr. Boddington's Studio

Dear Friend,

When I was a little tot, known then as Master Boddington, I spent the summers poking about my auntie’s rose garden. And during those summers, I observed her every move. I sat with her at her writing desk as she penned handsome correspondence to friends, sending out invitations and well-wishes. We had luncheon together most days, and she gently guided my table manners. And several times each summer I would creep downstairs after dark to watch the swirl and theater of her renowned parties, honoring this one’s marriage or that one’s birthday. She taught me that etiquette is not a stuffy box of rules that one puts on the shelf and glares at from the corners of one’s eyes. On the contrary, it is from her guidance that I realized manners are the simplest way to show love and respect to those we hold dear. Inside these pages are my tips for presenting yourself well, showing gratitude to friends and family, treating them kindly in return, and avoiding accidentally making a fool of yourself by using the wrong fork or asking the wrong question.

We can sort it out together, and have quite a fun time while we do it. I do hope you’ll join me.

My warmest regards,

Mr. Boddington          

But, Uncle, how do you expect me to use my fountain pen in these tempestuous high seas? My nephew and I were bobbing about the Indian Ocean when I noticed him feverishly tap-tap-tapping away on his phone. I speculated aloud that if the yacht were to sink, my dear nephew would swiftly rescue his lovely phone and let the rest of us plunge to the bottom like pitiful little stones. Not at all amused, he shared that he was in fact e-mailing a thank-you note to Princess Juniper for hosting her recent punk-and-plaid party. I nearly fell off the stern in bafflement. Dear nephew, you should know that even if your penmanship looks like scribbles and is splattered with salt water, there is no substitute for a handwritten note of gratitude. He winked and said, Just pulling your leg, old friend.

ADDRESSING ENVELOPES

Once you have gone to the spectacular effort of writing a note, consider taking a moment to properly address the envelope. Below is a reference to keep at hand to help you sort out the details.

If a note or letter is handwritten, the address on the envelope should also be handwritten. If the correspondence is typed, preferably on your pond-blue Royal typewriter, you may either type or handwrite the address.

SINGLE FEMALE

Ms. Rosalind Barberini

SINGLE MALE

Mr. Barrett Bolsom Balasubramanian

DOCTOR AND SPOUSE

Dr. Cosmo Fairclough and Mrs. Isobel Fry

Dr. Flora Humphrey and Mr. Bert Humphrey

(The doctor’s name is always listed first, regardless of gender.)

MARRIED DOCTORS

Drs. Harriet and Bartholomew Moretti

or

The Doctors Moretti

MARRIED DOCTORS WITH DIFFERENT LAST NAMES

Dr. Wallace Padmore and Dr. Oppie Honeycutt

OTHER PROFESSIONAL TITLES AND SPOUSES

Captain Callie Clover and Mr. Oscar Clover

The Reverend Mr. and Mrs. Alger Leighton

Colonel and Mrs. Teddy English

(The person with the professional title is always listed first, regardless of gender.)

HETEROSEXUAL MARRIED COUPLE

Same last name:

Mr. and Mrs. Wolf le Clerc

Same last name and the lady prefers Ms.:

Ms. Eugenia Love and Mr. Luca Love

Different last names:

Ms. Dotty Wise and Mr. Salvatore Meyers

MARRIED WOMAN TAKING HER HUSBAND’S NAME

Mrs. Stella Luciano

or

Mrs. Marcus Luciano

or

Ms. Stella Luciano

MARRIED WOMAN KEEPING HER MAIDEN NAME

Ms. Coco Thibauld

HETEROSEXUAL UNMARRIED COUPLE

Ms. Adelaide Bassot and Mr. Ernest Bittencourt

SAME-SEX COUPLE (MARRIED OR UNMARRIED)

Mr. Leo Boulanger and Mr. Angus Perrottet

Ms. and Ms. Agatha and Maud Browning

(List the names in alphabetical order by last name.)

OTHER INDIVIDUALS AT THE SAME ADDRESS (FOR EXAMPLE, HOUSEMATES OR SIBLINGS)

Ms. Lacy Beauchamp

Ms. Rosa Millywise

(Place the names on two lines, in alphabetical order by last name.)

DIVORCED WOMAN

A divorced woman no longer uses her husband’s first name:

Ms. Isabella Greene

Many divorced women choose to revert to their maiden names:

Ms. Isabella Ickleheart

WIDOW

Traditionally, a widow keeps her late husband’s name if she has not remarried:

Mrs. Arthur Bixby

Or she may choose to use her own first name:

Mrs. Poppy Bixby

If you don’t know a widow’s preference, it is standard to use her late husband’s name.

Do note! (Mrs., Ms., or Miss?)

Girls are addressed as Miss until they reach sixteen to eighteen years of age. After that point, they become Ms. until they are married, when they may adopt Mrs.

Ms. is the correct form of address for an unmarried woman, though married women may choose to remain Ms. It is never used with a husband’s first name (Ms. Boris Aldrich would be incorrect, for example). Use Ms. as a default if you are unsure of a person’s age or marital status.

Mrs. is used for a married woman who has taken her husband’s last name, a divorced woman who has kept her husband’s last name, or a widow who has not remarried.

FORMATTING A SOCIAL LETTER

Hush those barking English springers! It is time to practice your penmanship and write your letters. In a dissected examination, the four parts of a proper letter appear on the following page.

1. THE HEADER The date goes in the top right corner. Go ahead and spell it out in full (June 12, 2017). Casual notes may omit the year or use just the day of the week, and your friend or relative will appreciate the inclusion of a return address above the date.

2. YOUR GREETING Using the classic Dear Frida is completely acceptable. Other favorites are Dearest, Good Morning (or Afternoon), My friend, or, if it is a letter of import, Dear Sir or Madam. In any case, the greeting enjoys its own line and is followed by a full line space to separate it from the letter.

3. YOUR MESSAGE Keep it tidy. Subsequent paragraphs may be indented or separated by a line space.

4. CLOSE IT UP! Do pick a perfect closing, as it sets the tone for the letter. Love, Sincerely, Affectionately, and Gratefully (for thank-yous) are best for an informal note to a friend or family member. Best, Best wishes, and Yours sincerely strike the right note for business correspondence. And Respectfully yours, Faithfully, and Faithfully yours should close a formal social correspondence. The closing goes on the right side of the page (aligned with the header) with ample space for the signature.

If the letter is formal, sign both your first and last names and include a printed name under the signature. For an informal letter, your signature or nickname alone will do.

A SAMPLING OF CORRESPONDENCE

A THANK-YOU NOTE

A thank-you note is a necessary follow-up after receiving a gift, after a visit with a friend, or to show appreciation for a favor, but it needn’t be a chore. Just keep it short and sweet, with a few personal details to individualize it.

In a world where most correspondence is disappearing, rest assured that the time-honored thank-you note is going absolutely nowhere. Expressing gratitude is always in vogue.

Try your best not to dillydally when sending out a thank-you note. Your goal is to post it within one week of the gift’s receipt, or within three months for a wedding gift. The exception is a thank-you note for a condolence gift or a gift received during an illness or convalescence. Pen these notes as soon as you are feeling up to it; alternatively, have a friend or relative write a note on your behalf.

Written thank-you notes are standard for personal and professional situations, but a thanks by e-mail or text is adequate for a smaller favor such as a dinner-party invitation. And as a general rule, gifts from close friends

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