Date: Thu, 23 Oct 1997 11:27:15 +0000

From: Duane Campbell dcamp[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]EPIX.NET

Subject: Re: Politeness (Was: Bless You)

At 08:55 AM 10/23/97 -0600, you wrote:

my fork from left to right hand after cutting meat. The difference

wasn't actual "politeness," but what was considered polite in a certain


But isn't that exactly what "politeness" is? A pattern of

institutionalized behavior established by a specific group? The language

conventions you employ identify you with a group just as the clothes you

wear do and the way handle your silverwear.

Duane Campbell dcamp[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]