Monday, August 12, 2013

George Washington's Rules - #11

Here is Rule #11 from George Washington's Rules for Decency and Civil Behavior, and its translation:

11thShift not yourself in the Sight of others nor Gnaw your nails.

In other words, when you are where someone can see you, sit still (do not squirm or shift), and do not chew on your nails. 

I shift when I need to in someone else's presence; I need to when my back hurts. I guess one might infer, by part 2, that George thought it was okay to "attend" to your nails by chewing, just not when someone was watching...?

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