Monday’s Piece

“A servant should never be noisy when on duty. He is not supposed to whistle or sing, talk loudly, or call to his fellow servants.” !!!

(From The Book of Etiquette by Lady Troubridge, 1887 – 1963)

John Lentell

15th January, 1970

Friday’s Piece

“When a married woman calls upon another married woman and finds her out, she leaves three cards – one of her own and two of her husband’s. If the lady of the house is a widow or a spinster she will leave only one card of her husband’s. In no case does a lady leave her card upon a gentleman….”

(From The Book of Etiquette by Lady Troubridge, 1887 – 1963)

John Lentell

11th September, 1969

Friday’s Piece

“English is the only language in which names are ever pronounced differently from the way in which they are splet. The origin of the custom is unknown, but it probably arose in mediaeval times when everybody spelt as fancy or ignorance moved them – e.g.:

Spelt – Pronounced

ARUNDEL – Arrandel

BLOUNT – Blunt

GLAMIS – Glarms

GOWER – Gore

MAINWAIRING – Mannering

MARJORIBANKS – Marshbanks

MONTGOMERY – Mungum’ery

WEMYSS – Weems”

(From The Book of Etiquette by Lady Troubridge, 1887 – 1963)

John Lentell

3rd August, 1969