FT Rules and Rudeness

A column by Susie Boyt in this weekend’s edition of the Financial Times caught our attention. The column is about the new edition of the Debrett’s Handbook, which has been updated for correct forms of address, social correspondence, and manners in the 21st century.

A paragraph that especially caught our eyes:

“Do not ever be afraid of being boring, the book says encouragingly, for smiles and eye contact will always enliven things. I like the feeling of being bored. In difficult times I have sought out boring people and found their company very soothing.”

Here’s the column — “Rules and Rudeness.”