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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.
 
 
Lionesselisem on July 15th, 2012 07:40 pm (UTC)
Are you working backward from the amount of harm caused and using that to determine whether something was ethics or etiquette?
Adrian Turtleadrian_turtle on July 15th, 2012 10:37 pm (UTC)
Elise:
Are you working backward from the amount of harm caused and using that to determine whether something was ethics or etiquette?

I tried that briefly, and ran into obvious moral contradictions. I thought Janet was trying to frame the distinction in order to determine whether something was ethics or etiquette. (The question can be before or after the action.) People are upset about something a guy did--did the guy do something unethical, or was it an etiquette violation? It's a worthwhile question. I don't think the answer aligns with how much harm was done, so I find it misleading to define the terms as the original post does.