Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Etiquette and Amy Vanderbilt

Even Amy Vanderbilt knew to update her book, yet again, by 1972.
More And More 'Couth'

Etiquette is dead, you say? Young people don't know the meaning of the word manners? Be advised that in the second major revision since it was published in 1952, Amy Vanderbilt has found it necessary to add 120,000 words to her standard book on etiquette. That's worth 200 printed pages, bringing the total to 960.
                                           
Sorry, but by 1972, you're toast! The long-suffering Anna Bates, lady's maid to Lady Mary, of Downton Abbey

The butler, footman and ladies’ maid are dead. Taking their place are sections on such things as how to behave in a sauna, the wearing of sunglasses, locker room speech (acceptable in the drawing room now) and the etiquette of snowmobiling. As the old French saying doesn’t have it, the more things change, the less they remain the same. From The Desert Sun, 1972


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