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Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Heads or Tails Tuesday: Manner

I've not participated much in Heads or Tails Tuesday lately. For some reason, Tuesdays always seem to be busy days for me. Not today, though. One of the things I like about HoT, is that despite having a weekly theme to guide participants, Barb allows us to interpret the theme loosely, and write about all manner of things. And of course, this week's theme is Manner.

Please allow me to introduce this important-looking gentleman. Apart from having a somewhat authoritative-looking manner about him, he was the originator of a motto oft repeated through the centuries: 'manners makyth man'. Of course, we've modernized it a little, by changing 'makyth' to 'maketh', but the word 'maketh' still betrays the motto's antiquity.

So who is he? He was known as William of Wykeham. Born in Hampshire in 1320, in the south of England, he became bishop of Winchester Cathedral. Although William died in 1404, his motto has survived him by more than six centuries, and I find it just as relevant today as it ever was.

It's a sad but true fact, that good manners have been in decline for a long time, as the lack of manners flourishes. I'm not talking about a simple 'please' or 'thank you' here - although they would be good to hear from time to time. People just don't consider others any more. Whether it's the road hog blocking your way ahead, the noisy neighbour keeping you awake 24/7, the dog walker who doesn't clean up their pooch's poop, or the lout who yells 'eff off out the way, missus', instead of a nice 'excuse me please', bad manners are in evidence everywhere. Just when - and how - did we become so rude and inconsiderate?

Perhaps I'm just getting old, and doing the typical 'kids these days' routine. But I don't think so. I've seen a distinct lack of manners displayed across all age groups, not just amongst juveniles. It's a sad reflection of our times, don't you think? 'Manners makyth man' is the motto of both Winchester College and New College, Oxford. I wish the whole nation would adopt it as their own, personal motto. How lovely life would be.


Brian said...

Thanks for the visit and the history lesson. :)

Tina said...

great piece. i love all the history stuff.

and nice to pop by a fellow UK'r site lol

thanks for visiting my hots :)

tumblewords said...

Nice post and I agree with you, completely, that a definite downfall in manners has taken place in the last three decades...

Shannon H. said...

Thanks for the great post today.

Hootin' Anni said...

Yes...yes. It IS sad to know that all manners are down the drain these days. Young and old alike.

This was such an interesting blog for HoT this week.

Thanks for the stop over and leaving a comment.

Happy Tuesday.

peppylady said...

Your right we are getting lazy with our manners.
But also are people to people socializing is declining.

Thanks for taking your time to stop in.

cj said...

Great post.

Mine's up


Anonymous said...

Great history bit. If it was said over 600 years ago, then I guess manners were seen as in a decline back then. I agree with you, that bad manners and rudeness can be seen in all generations, not just the young ones. All the young people I know have better manners than me!

I have a chart of good manners up at my place.


MiLeTTe said...

this is one informative hots

thanks for the visit.