Monday, July 6, 2009

Shaking Hands : A little Classic Etiquette

Classic etiquette never gets old for me...
Here is a little excerpt from Emily Post
original chapter on greetings.
Gentlemen always shake hands when they are
introduced to each other. Ladies rarely do so with gentlemen who are introduced
to them; but they usually shake hands with other ladies, if they are standing
near together. All people who know each other, unless merely passing by, shake
hands when they meet.
A gentleman on the street never shakes
hands with a lady without first removing his right glove. But at the opera, or
at a ball, or if he is usher at a wedding, he keeps his glove on.
Oh how I love a good white glove reference!


The Southern Housewife said...

I was just having this discussion with my family!

I was always under the impression that men are to not shake the hand of a woman unless she initiates the handshake. What do you think?

Anonymous said...

I would love (love!) to see some contemporary etiquette on women and handshaking and the corporate world. I was always under the impression men were to wait for the woman to extend her hand, but being the woman -- I never know how to handle it. Quite frankly, I hate it and would prefer to just greet someone verbally.


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