How well do you know “etiquette”?

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March 12, 2008 by Tracey S. Rosenberg

K over at Square One sent me a link to a grammar blog: The “blog” of “unnecessary” quotation marks. It is very “amusing” though also “kind of” sad.

Think you know your historical etiquette? The McCord Museum invites you to prove it, with their fantastic interactive quiz about proper behavior in the nineteenth-century. You can play either a man or a woman – or, heck, try them both! They certainly aren’t parallel, as the man has a far more interesting time at his club than the woman does in the park. (Didn’t Lord Peter Wimsey say something about chivalry being the desire to have nine-tenths of the fun?)

When you’re bored of being proper, you can then move on to see if you’d survive the Roaring Twenties. That Edna Ferber autobiography I’m reading (published in 1938) will hopefully come in handy!

If nothing else, play these games for the Gilliam-esque animations. 

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One thought on “How well do you know “etiquette”?

  1. kicking_k says:

    Yup. While in a punt.

    I am apparently a picture of politeness and very good at choosing clothes. Or, alternatively, I read a lot of novels and spent all my teenage years wearing very long skirts.

    The animations are brilliant, aren’t they? I’ll save the Twenties till tomorrow.

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