The other day, I was working in a prison (signed in and escorted, not staying as guest! ) and when I was served my lunch by a prisoner, I said 'thank you sir'. He smiled and said that was the first time anyone had called him sir. Manners cost nothing, it was the way I was bought up and its the reason why my children use manners as well. If they're rude to anyone at all, they're rebuked immediately, wherever they are, as I was when I was young.
That is what all the intolerants say, though I used to be very indecisive but I am not so sure anymore ...But to be fair , I'm not Intolerant of his Intolerance, I'm just identifying. Obviously.
There are actually some people whom any kind of politeness or well mannered behaviour is totally wasted, they seem to take it as weakness of some kind.
believe in the Idea of Alpha Male Syndrome but tend to try to self identify as the same.
I am definitely a Beta so no chance of that. Just happened to remember it because I met one today, this one backed off when you stood your ground firmly enough, no need to even get aggressive but just state some facts of life ..
Are you referring to conventional manners, which are an artificial construct or to overt expressions of mutual respect?
Although the means of expression may have changed, I find that the great majority of people of all ages treat me with as much respect as they always have by reflecting the way I treat them.
This does sometimes mean keeping quiet about things that I find irritating. An example would be people complaining about poor spelling and grammar while demonstrating in their posts how weak their own grasp of English is.
The expression I hate lately is "can I get"