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14 July 2012 @ 07:24 pm
A proposal for a paired set of definitions  
Well, not definitions, precisely, but how does this sound to you?

Ethics: Doing this right keeps you from fucking up someone's life.
Etiquette: Doing this right keeps you from fucking up someone's day.
 
 
Gnome: Playinggnomentum on July 15th, 2012 12:08 pm (UTC)
This. It's poor etiquette to put one's elbows on the dinner table or to TYPE ALL IN CAPS, but I'm not going to fuck up anyone's day by doing them.

Personally, I'd say that discarding ethics may fuck up someone's day / life / whatever whereas discarding etiquette only makes you look like a bit of a prick.

Then again, I live in the UK and nuances may be different here...