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posted at 3/19/2011 6:41 PM EDT
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That  was  a pretty common beginning to announcements, years ago.I haven't heard that phrase formany years, except for the ringmaster at the circusThese days, I wonder if anybody even has a deffinition  for either of those terms.
Here is a deffinition I just Came accross for "GENTLEMAN":
"The True Gentleman is the man whose conduct proceeds from good will and an acute sense of propriety, and whose self-control is equal to all emergencies; who does not make the poor man conscious of his poverty, the obscure man of his obscurity, or any man of his inferiority or deformity; who is himself humbled if necessity compels him to humble another; who does not flatter wealth, cringe before power, or boast of his own possessions or achievements; who speaks with frankness but always with sincerity and sympathy; whose deed follows his word; who thinks of the rights and feelings of others rather than his own; and who appears well in any company, a man with whom honor is sacred and virtue safe."
-John Walter Waylan
Do you agree?
Do you have and what is your  deffinition for Lady?
The choices below are some  that were popular in the (literary)  past(common in literature in the 1700's & 1800's

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posted at 3/19/2011 8:13 PM EDT
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 A laqdy loves the Lord above all others
 A lady is soft spoken, kind & compassionate
 A lady never displays her legs above the knee
 A lady never uses "foul" language
 A lady allows a "gentleman" to hold the door for her
 A lady makes the effort to offend no one
 A lady always says please, may I? & thank you
 A lady never raises her voice in anger or otherwise
 A lady is careful and frugal with money
A lady serves her husband
A lady is modest about everything - a lady is never boastful

.................... lots more

 

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posted at 3/19/2011 9:33 PM EDT
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I think you need an "all of the above" answer on your quiz.

When I think of a lady, I think of a southern belle from long ago.

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posted at 3/20/2011 2:36 AM EDT
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Ann and Nancy, I like both of your definitions of a lady.......and lots more.

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posted at 3/20/2011 8:47 AM EDT
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Sounds like good definitions to me - but I guess I'm not always a lady.

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posted at 3/20/2011 8:52 AM EDT
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My mother tried very hard to raise me to be a lady...alas, I have pretty much failed at it... Wink

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posted at 3/20/2011 10:24 AM EDT
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Can we find a lady in these times I don't think so not anymore.

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posted at 3/20/2011 11:13 AM EDT
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my husband says his grandmother was a lady she was all the above . i have tried to be a lady but fail at times

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posted at 3/20/2011 11:45 AM EDT
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I guess there really aren't any true ladies anymore.  I believe part of that is because of the way youngersters are being raised these days.   They, or at least most of them, have no respect, use terribly foul language and behave like they are the center of all things.

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posted at 3/20/2011 12:33 PM EDT
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MILLIE B;

I think it's nearly impossible to meet the standards set years ago( to be a lady), these days.It wasnearlyimpossible yearsago too.Ladies were required/expectedt do allthose thingslisted& do it wearingcorsets that didnot alow forfull expansion of the lungs(proper breathing) No wonder so many " ladies"died in childbirth or were sent away to asylums  w/ " "breakdowns".
This having been said; I still feel that setting a goal( as close as I can get to achieving thestandards on  " the list"
is nottoo muchto askofmyself .
Of course it  greatly helps to have a husband who meets the standards set for a "gentleman
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my husband says his grandmother was a lady she was all the above . i have tried to be a lady but fail at times
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posted at 3/20/2011 12:37 PM EDT
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debbie b; I thought of that(all of the above) after I signed off & went to bed last night.EmbarassedToo late to change things& add that extra& excelent l  choice.Frown

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I think you need an "all of the above" answer on your quiz. When I think of a lady, I think of a southern belle from long ago.
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posted at 3/20/2011 12:56 PM EDT
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MaryAnn; Who, ifanyone, among us can meet these  lofty "standards", al lthe time? I oubtifanyonecanUndecided; Bu, twe can each try ; understanding that perfection, isnot required.That does dot precude trying.Cool
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Sounds like good definitions to me - but I guess I'm not always a lady.
Posted by Mary Ann S

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posted at 3/20/2011 2:02 PM EDT
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There are no true Gentlemen or Ladies today,those were our parents and grandparents,they tried to teach us how to act.Our roles of yesterday were well defined,everyone know their place or job."The Family" for the most part is no longer.Society made us lose our values and break up the family structure.I'm appalled at the way most of our younger generation conduct themselves.It's cool for a girl to be known by any other name but "a lady".The boy's like to be called "Dawg"or "Player".I went to an open house for my oldest boy,his home education teacher nearly knock me over to give me a hug and thank me for raising such a "nice" kid for her to teach.As I looked around I could see why the kids act the way they do,their parents were no better.How can we expect our kids to behave any differently than we do?We have to be good role models,for our children and grandchildren.I know that all of us have done the best we could have.Remember there are a lot of outside influences,beyond our control,just continue to be the ladies and gentlemen our parents taught us to be and a little may rub off.You never know in fifty years it might be cool to be a "Lady or a Gentleman".

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posted at 3/20/2011 2:47 PM EDT
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All we can do, is try to be the best person we can.  In that way, we will be ladylike or gentlemanly as a result.  I think that the lack of contact (facebook & the internet for example) have deprived lots of people of learning how to interact in a polite way.

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