When it comes to manners, are you

a diplomat, a doormat or a disaster?

The word etiquette dates back to the days of the French Court, when people would have been banished from the court if they did not perform properly, so they were given little pieces of papers called etiquettes (French word for “ticket”), with the proper ways to behave written on them.

As everyone left they would wave to each other and say, “Don’t forget to study your etiquette.”  But the Americans took the word to mean proper behaviour!

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