Book Review - The Universal Code of (Formerly) Unwritten Rules: From Airline-Armrest Etiquette to Flushing Twice, 251 Uncompromising Laws of Common Civility That We Wish Everyone Knew by Quentin Parker
Society in general these days seems to lack common etiquette. The days of Emily Post are (sadly) gone, but there is hope. Smack someone upside the head with The Universal Code of (Formerly) Unwritten Rules: From Airline-Armrest Etiquette to Flushing Twice, 251 Uncompromising Laws of Common Civility That We Wish Everyone Knew by Quentin Parker, and you'll get your point across. This was a funny read while at the same time laying down the rules for how people *should* behave in the real world.
Unwritten Rules on the Road; Unwritten Rules in the Workplace; Unwritten Rules for Men; Unwritten Rules for Women; Unwritten Rules for Everyone; Unwritten Rules in Written and Spoken Communication; Unwritten Rules in the Home, With Special Attention to Washrooms; Afterword; Index
Ms. Post would certainly approve of the unwritten rules stated here, but I'm pretty sure she'd blanche over the way Mr. Parker explains how they works. The actual rule is stated in very proper language: "Unwritten Rule #9: If someone signals a desire to get in one's lane, one should always let him or her over." That's all well and good. But the lead-in to the rule is "Let People Over, You Jerk." If that's not enough, it ends with the admonition "Stop being in such a hurry. Your member won't shrivel up if someone gets in front of you." Yeah, now *that's* the way the general population needs etiquette explained to them. :)
Generally speaking, all of the 251 rules have that same level of snarkiness in the explanation, but they're very entertaining to read. Parker does express definitive opinions on things that you might not agree with, but I suppose if everyone agreed with him, we wouldn't need this book as society would be well-behaved. Regardless, at the very least you'll come away having been entertained. In the best case, you'll have a mirror turned upon some of your less-than-acceptable behavior. Hopefully, you'll notice your own reflection and change for the better.
Obtained From: Library