Dennis the Menace Manners

Dennis the Menace by Hank Ketcham | Blendspace

Dennis the Menace in this cartoon reminds us of a very important topic, ETIQUETTE. What is etiquette and how did it begin?

Dennis is at his friends tea party and he is obviously annoying Margaret with his unpolished manners. The look on Margaret’s face is priceless and Dennis’ response is witty: “What do you mean? I’ve got plenty of manners. I just choose not to use ’em.” Like Dennis, conveniently we can forget to use our manners or it’s possible that we know them well enough and choose not to use them when it matters. We need more practice in etiquette and a friend like Margaret to give us that EXASPERATED look.

This Saturday morning cartoon, drawn by Hank Ketcham, is a funny way of showing us how important it is to use etiquette, especially around company.

In the video, Etiquette & The Story of King Louis XIV, Cindy and the Emily Post Production team give us a short history of where the word etiquette comes from and what does it means.



  1. According to the video, Etiquette & The Story of King Louis XIV, where does the word etiquette comes from and what does it mean?
  2. What is the difference between etiquette and manners?

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35 replies

  1. Thank you

  2. I love that you all are enthusiastic about this subject — and, it’s one that is more important to our futures than we might imagine. Here’s a pretty astounding fact, which came about through assessments (measuring) of multiple surveys done by Stanford University and The Carnegie Foundation, among others institutions: When employers are interviewing a prospective employee, they “weight” interviewees (the person hoping to get the job), 85-87% on so-called “soft skills” — exactly those found in The Etiquette of Kindness, and about which you are so interested! Astounding, eh?? So, because of this fact, MIT, Stanford, Harvard, the Air Force Academy, as well as a great (and growing) number of other colleges and universities, are requiring their undergraduates to take courses on these “soft skills!” It’s not enough to be “a brainiac”, we have to know how to act with others, too! 😉

  3. I got this information by a website called ( The Key Class) you should visit it.

  4. French started it all and it all started in the 1600s and the 1700s and here’s a flip for you here it goes: Would you believe that the actual first record of American etiquette was George Washington’s Rules of Civility? That’s right, straight from the “father of our country.” Then, in 1922, Emily Post published Etiquette – In Society, In Business, In Politics, and At Home.

  5. A website states that over the years, people were expected to follow an increasingly complicated set of rules. Many of the rules seem silly today. In Western countries in the 1800’s, a young man could not speak to a young woman he knew until she had first acknowledged him. Little girls curtsied and little boys bowed when introduced to someone.

    • The whole curtsy gesture is totally cute. What happened to it? Did you know that the curtsy for girls is the equivalent to bowing for boys?

  6. A website states that today’s etiquette began in the French royal courts in the 1600s and 1700s. Under King Louis XIV, a placard was devised and posted with rules.

  7. Since Kiwis are obviously pretty neat, if any Kiwi, here, would like to have an autographed copy, as does my granddaughter, Kiwi16, I’m happy to do that. Send me a message & get your parent’s or guardian’s permission for me to send it along. Requests can also be made at the website, All the best to all Kiwis!

    • Hello Suzanne-Marie. I’m thrilled that you have found us. Welcome to 34Kiwi’s. I hope you will follow us in this conversation as students discover the difference between etiquette and manners, the history of where etiquette comes from and how it began? Please give us your feedback on any Kiwi post, as your time will allow. Our students do enjoy reading comments. Thank you.

    • I saw your book,I read a page and I automatically loved it 😉

  8. I really want to read that book.

      • Kiwis 14 and 5 (as well as other Kiwi friends, of course!), if you care for a copy, let me know, either here on your site, or at The EoK’s website ( I’ll be happy to give, as a gift, a copy to any Kiwi who is interested; that’s what we do, over at The EoK — promote more opportunities and skills for young people!

  9. kiwi16’s grandma wrote that book

  10. My grand mother wrote the book and I GOT A AUTOGRAGH in mine 🙂

  11. i like this prompe it is interesting

  12. wow that looks like cool

  13. I think the manners that 9 year olds should have are to

    respect people ,

    say excuse me when you burp,

    and say thankyou.

  14. calvin does not have manners.