The Utter Bloody Rudeness of the World Today, or Six Good Reasons to Stay Home and Bolt the Door
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Sticklers, unite! In the spirit of her three-million-
copies sold, #1 New York Times bestseller Eats, Shoots &
Leaves, the queen of zero tolerance takes on the sorry
state of modern manners.
"Talk to the hand, 'cause the face ain't listening," the
saying goes. When did the world stop wanting to hear? When
did society stop valuing basic courtesy and respect? It's a
topic that has been simmering for years, and Lynne Truss
says it's now reached the boiling point. Taking on the
boorish behavior that for some has become a point of pride,
Talk to the Hand is a rallying cry for civility.
When did "please" and "thank you" become passé? When you
call a "customer service" number, why does the burden of
deciphering the automatic switchboard fall to you (and
where are the real people, when you, the customer, need
service)? Why do people behave as if public spaces are
their own chip-strewn living rooms? Perhaps most
importantly, how has it come to be that we are not allowed
to object? Call someone out on rude or disrespectful
behavior and you're likely to get an "Eff off" or worse. In
a recent U.S. survey, 79 percent of adults said that lack
of courtesy was a serious problem. For all of those fed up
with anti-social behavior and suffering in silence, realize
that you are the majority! Talk to the Hand is a colorful
call to arms-from the wittiest defender of the civilized
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