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Geo. Washington's civility rule #4: Don't hum to yourself

By Doug Oplinger Published: July 30, 2013

The web site Colonial Williamsburg says that George Washington, at age 17, compiled his own list of civility rules.

Here are a few:

Rule 4:  In the Presence of Others Sing not to yourself with a humming Noise, nor Drum with your Fingers or Feet.

Rule 9: Spit not in the Fire, nor Stoop low before it neither Put your Hands into the Flames to warm them, nor Set your Feet upon the Fire especially if there be meat before it.

Rule 37:  In Speaking to men of Quality do not lean nor Look them full in the Face, nor approach too near them at lest Keep a full Pace from them.

There are 110 in all.

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