Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Whatever Happened to "Yes, Please"?

It went the way of "Thank you," "Excuse me," "Yes sir." Do you know who just about killed all those phrases? All of us. We did not use them enough. We now get "Huh?" "What?" "Gimme more." Mannerly responses are learned at home. Rude, barbaric responses also are learned at home. William of Wykeham, who was born in 1324, said "Manners maketh man." If we're so smart in the 20th century, how come we're not as civilized as William was in the 14th century? To the child who says "Huh?"

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