Huntsman, I sort of agree with you but the way people are today, perhaps a little kick in the can by people like the EG might be what's needed. It's not the way I'd teach etiquette and manners but perhaps it's reaching someone out there who needs guidance. It's getting ugly out there...anyone on my side is appreciated even if I have to tolerate a difference of opinion.
Sorry to be renitent, gorgekko, but though I understand your way of accepting this, I'm afraid I can't get around to it, though I've tried. Here's how I see it: These people are burlesquing etiquette; they mock it. Etiquette is an attitude of graciousness that uses socially accepted and understood forms and rituals to convey that grace, respect, and tolerance. These pundits are not only eliminating those underlying attitudes -- character, if you will -- they act as if they were never part of the process. Therefore, they are teaching mere affectation of etiquette, othwise known as how to be a snob. Again, my apologies for being blunt. I just feel that this is an insidious threat. In an age when humanity hangs on people in tatters, I am on defense against 'authorities' who can have real influence pulling on the remaining shreds. Regards, Huntsman