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Aussie etiquette Queen declares that Aussie manners are an utter disgrace.

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Will you please stop eating while you’re on the phone with me Bruce?!

Nothing says more than uncouth says etiquette queen June Dally Watkins, who has made it her specialty observing Australians than the display of bad manners. In fact Ms Dally Watkins upon deeper reflection reckons we Aussies have the worst manners in the world. Forgive me for a second while I belch. Blxxxch. Hmm, at least I had the decency to excuse myself, which can’t be all that bad.

While pumping her latest book: “Manner for Moderns: Be The Best you can be-in every way,” Ms Dally-Watkins argues that in her opinion the heyday of good manners was last seen in the 1950’s.

From swearing, being tardy, dressing down and not even remembering to say thank you and please, Ms Dally-Watkins is down right appalled with her fellow countrymen.

Reflects Ms Dally Watkins:

news.com.au: She said our dependence on technology – the ease of text messaging, emailing, and communicating on Facebook – had spoilt face-to-face communication and made us increasingly unaware of others.

“I see people texting at the dinner table and walking down the street sending messages, causing other people to dodge out of their way,” she said.

“People would rather send a simple email than handwrite a letter of appreciation.”

But that’s not all where Ms Dally Watkins is stopping at. She’s got a beef with feminist avenger Germaine Greer.

“Men and women were once courteous to each other, and then along came Germaine Greer, who said women should be more like men,” she said.

Interesting. Does that posit then that men bust be the bearer of bad manners and because women are exercising their equal rights, they are by definition also exercising their rights to be equally rude?

But that’s not all where Ms Dally Watkins sees things going down hill for fellow Aussies:

She said our dependence on technology – the ease of text messaging, emailing, and communicating on Facebook – had spoilt face-to-face communication and made us increasingly unaware of others.

“I see people texting at the dinner table and walking down the street sending messages, causing other people to dodge out of their way,” she said.

“People would rather send a simple email than handwrite a letter of appreciation.”

Well it’s true a handwritten letter of appreciation might be more welcomed by Ms Dally Watkins but perhaps by many other individuals who have come to rely on technology to get things done in a quicker manner, getting an instataneous email of gratitude in return might mean more to them than waiting 3 weeks by the mailbox.

Ms Dally Watkins then goes on to reflect how women are dressing skimpier, that no one really bothers to dress up for dinner anymore and I assume her biggest pet peeve are people eating and talking at the same time, especially on the phone.

In retrospect Ms Dally Watkins may have some valid points, but I’m willing to guess like most fellow Aussies you and  I really don’t care what Ms Dally Watkins thinks. But then again she’s entitled to her opinion and her fond memories of the 1950’s.

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