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#1 Mar 23 2012 at 8:54 AM Rating: Good
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Are we becoming a ruder society?

Maybe it's just a Southern thing, but everyone around here is ridiculously polite.

Heck, I've adopted the Canadian phrase "thank you kindly" in some of my written correspondence because it just sounds friendlier.
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#2 Mar 23 2012 at 9:02 AM Rating: Good
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I can't speak for every other Canadian, but i only use that phrase when being intentionally goofy.

And I beleive as a whole, all of NA is becoming ruder. When we have our wits about us, sure we're all polite, but most people are so self absorbed usually, that they don't even realize they were being rude to someone else.
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#3 Mar 23 2012 at 9:05 AM Rating: Excellent
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I've not noticed a reduction in pleases or thank yous. Though, I've always thought them over-used and often lacking sincerity.
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#4 Mar 23 2012 at 9:06 AM Rating: Good
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The south is quite a bit polite than the Northeast. It's actually somewhat unnerving. Like how they don't avoid eye contact with strangers...

In the NE, it's a sign of respect to give people their space.

Frankly, I don't want to have a conversation with the cashier about what I'm going to be using the groceries for. I always say please and thank you, and I always hold the door for other people. Beyond that, though, I don't really see the issue.
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#5 Mar 23 2012 at 9:11 AM Rating: Good
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Uglysasquatch wrote:
When we have our wits about us, sure we're all polite, but most people are so self absorbed usually, that they don't even realize they were being rude to someone else.
But, it this a recent phenomenon? Are people more self-absorbed now than in the past?

I agree that all our modern communication technologies have presented some challenges with traditional manners, politeness and over-all respect, but that seems to go deeper than simply leaving out the obligatory 'please/thank you'.


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#6 Mar 23 2012 at 9:12 AM Rating: Good
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I blame the previous generation for not raising the current one properly. You bastards.
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#7 Mar 23 2012 at 9:14 AM Rating: Excellent
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#8 Mar 23 2012 at 9:16 AM Rating: Excellent
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I'm pretty bad with please. I'll say something more like "would it be alright if I sat down?" or "can I just sneak past you real quick?" or something. Thank you sounds too formal; "thanks" or "thanks a bunch" or "thanks I appreciate it" come more commonly. We're not really known for formalities out here in the Northwest though.

Other people I notice tend to be polite when addressed, and silent if they can at all get away with it. Which tends to lead to a weird annoying passive-aggressive aloofness at times. That's enough qualifiers in one sentence I think.
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#9 Mar 23 2012 at 9:22 AM Rating: Excellent
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Sounds like an article by someone who didn't get drooled on like a god for getting a cup of coffee from Starbucks staff.
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I work out in Small Town USA these days so everyone seems nice. I'd like to think it's legitimate since I feel as though I'm nicer and it's legit.

When my mother-in-law visited from Virginia, I was surprised to hear that she thought people in Chicago were nicer and more polite than those from back home. Of course she's from the DC area so it's not really "down south" for her over there.
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#11 Mar 23 2012 at 9:27 AM Rating: Good
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But, it this a recent phenomenon? Are people more self-absorbed now than in the past?
How would I know? I'm not 200 like you.
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#12 Mar 23 2012 at 9:47 AM Rating: Excellent
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The south is quite a bit more polite than the Northeast. It's actually somewhat unnerving.
I don't know about unnerving, but it sounds like someone is lying to my face and I simply can't stand it. At least when someone calls me an asshole I know that's how they feel at the moment.
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#13 Mar 23 2012 at 10:19 AM Rating: Good
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When I started learning Japanese, I started saying "no problem" a lot more instead of "thank you", since it seems that's one of the first English phrases they learn. I really have almost eliminated "you're welcome", I feel like "you're welcome" indicates that I went out of my way to do a service for you, where "no problem" implies that it was no effort at all.

I also feel like I don't say please either. "Would you mind if..." or "Is it alright if I asked..." or similar words replace "please" in my sentences. I think I rationalize it similarly. I feel like I'm asking if someone is okay with doing something, instead of just flat asking them to do it. I don't know. I'm 25, I don't feel like I'm out of the norm. Also, I live in the middle of the midwest, if there are people who think Chicago has nice people, Des Moines must be Candycane Lane.
#14 Mar 23 2012 at 10:39 AM Rating: Excellent
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idiggory, King of Bards wrote:
The south is quite a bit more polite than the Northeast. It's actually somewhat unnerving.
I don't know about unnerving, but it sounds like someone is lying to my face and I simply can't stand it. At least when someone calls me an asshole I know that's how they feel at the moment.


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#17 Mar 23 2012 at 11:56 AM Rating: Excellent
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Ooo! I just used the word please in an e-mail. Go me! Smiley: yippee
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I abhor writing emails. I really do. I always come off as super stuffy and professional, even in situations where more casual exchanges are perfectly okay, because I just don't know how to navigate the line between the two. I usually end up re-reading them multiple times to actually edit out some of the overly polite language, because I end up sounding like I'm writing it from the 1800s...
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It can be quite amusing, but with the right annunciation, you can say "****" in a way which makes it sound like you're saying "cheers". Most people are expecting you to say "cheers", so it's what they hear. Good times.
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It can be quite amusing, but with the right annunciation, you can say "****" in a way which makes it sound like you're saying "cheers". Most people are expecting you to say "cheers", so it's what they hear. Good times.

Another reason why no one likes cockneys.
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idiggory, King of Bards wrote:
The south is quite a bit more polite than the Northeast. It's actually somewhat unnerving.
I don't know about unnerving, but it sounds like someone is lying to my face and I simply can't stand it. At least when someone calls me an asshole I know that's how they feel at the moment.


Half the time we are lying to your face. Smiley: nod

Yeah, never trust a southerner saying "Bless your heart" or if they call you precious.
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idiggory, King of Bards wrote:
Nilatai wrote:
It can be quite amusing, but with the right annunciation, you can say "****" in a way which makes it sound like you're saying "cheers". Most people are expecting you to say "cheers", so it's what they hear. Good times.

Another reason why no one likes cockneys.

Good thing I'm not a cockney, then. Smiley: tongue
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idiggory, King of Bards wrote:
The south is quite a bit more polite than the Northeast. It's actually somewhat unnerving.
I don't know about unnerving, but it sounds like someone is lying to my face and I simply can't stand it. At least when someone calls me an asshole I know that's how they feel at the moment.
Half the time we are lying to your face. Smiley: nod
Yeah, never trust a southerner saying "Bless your heart" or if they call you precious.
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Or DC is a maelstrom of petty anger and rudene--- OOHhhhhhhhhhh........
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idiggory, King of Bards wrote:
The south is quite a bit more polite than the Northeast. It's actually somewhat unnerving.
I don't know about unnerving, but it sounds like someone is lying to my face and I simply can't stand it. At least when someone calls me an asshole I know that's how they feel at the moment.
Half the time we are lying to your face. Smiley: nod
Yeah, never trust a southerner saying "Bless your heart" or if they call you precious.


You can trust meeeeeeeee. Smiley: bah
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