Etiquette is a code of behavior that delineates expectations for social behavior according to contemporary conventional norms within a society, social class, or group. The French word etiquette, literally signifying a tag or label first appeared in English around 1750. In Britain, the word "etiquette" has been described as the one word that aptly describes life during the reign of Queen Victoria. Rules of etiquette encompass most aspects of social interaction in any society, though the term itself is not commonly used. A rule of etiquette may reflect an underlying ethical code, or it may reflect a person's fashion or status. Rules of etiquette are usually unwritten, but aspects of etiquette have been codified from time to time. Manners involve a wide range of social interactions within cultural norms as in the "comedy of manners", or a painter's characteristic "manner".
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