Etiquette: The Blue Book of Social Usage by Emily Post, New York and London, Funk & Wagnalls Co, 1922/37.


In speaking about other people, one says “Mrs,” “Miss” or “Mr” as the case may be. It is very bad form to go about saying “Edith Wordly” or “Ethel Eminent” to those who do not all them Edith or Ethel, and to speak thus familiarly of one who is a mere acquaintance or whom one perhaps does not even know, is unthinkable. The hall-mark of the crashers, climbers and snobs is the familiarity with which they speak of persons of prominence in order to impress their hearers with their own importance.