One of the reasons why ‘etiquette’ seems a severe word is because it has so often been a means of separating people instead of bringing them together. It smacks of snobbery, a mark of insecurity. So I thought it would be appropriate at this time, to find the real definitions of the word etiquette and other related ones also.
the customary code of polite behaviour in society or among members of a particular profession or group.
ORIGIN — mid 18th century: from French ‘etiquette list of ceremonial observances of a court’
a persons behaviour or manners
ORIGIN — early 17th century: from French de’portment, from the verb d’eporter
simple elegance or refinement of movement
ORIGIN — Middle English: via Old French from Latin gratia, from gratus ‘pleasing, thankful’
graceful and elegant bearing in person; composure and dignity of manner
ORIGIN — from Old French pois, peis