Do you know what the purpose of etiquette is? Etiquette is not just some stuffy set of rules someone made up so we can all point and laugh when someone breaks them. Etiquette is like the laws of the road; they are there to prevent disaster. Etiquette's purpose is to prevent awkwardness by substituting simple rules and guides for interactions that would otherwise be difficult for one or all parties involved.
Awkwardness can come from any quarter, but in situations involving etiquette, it usually comes out of a power dynamic. Some people are allowed to do or say certain things because of their status, while others are not. To avoid confrontations over race or class, there are rules. To avoid confrontations over rudeness specific to a setting, there are rules. To avoid conflicts that could become larger than any family get-together, there are rules. Rules aren't there to oppress anyone, they are there to liberate everyone from having to do or say things that might turn a perfectly lovely wedding reception into a political shouting match.
Given that etiquette covers nearly all manner of human interaction, it is easy to say from your choices where you would stand on the scale of polished to tarnished etiquette. Put your skills to test and see if you'd graduate from charm school!
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