When I was young, I had a board game called The Emily Post Popularity Game. Its underlying theme was that proper etiquette and good manners won friends, which presented opportunities to attend parties, sports events and dinners. After all, who wants a party guest who blows his nose into his hands?

Emily Post was once revered as one of the most respected women in the United States. According to Dinitia Smith’s 2008 article, “She Fine-Tuned the Forks of the Richan Vulgars” (NY Times, 2008), Pageant magazine named Emily Post as the 2nd most powerful woman in America, after Eleanor Roosevelt, in 1950. That speaks to how much Ms. Post’s opinions regarding proper etiquette and good manners were valued.

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