Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | June 22, 2013

Rescue Word of the Week #3 – 2013: Courtesy

The rescue word of the week is courtesy.

Please help save this word from the endangered-word list by adopting it and using it in your thoughts, your speech, your writing, and your deeds.

What does this word mean to you?

My two cents (but please share yours):

Courtesy means thinking of others and their needs. It includes RSVPs, allowing others to enter first, and remembering to thank others for kindnesses. This word is a key characteristic of a civilized nation and should be continually renewed, never lost in history.



  1. Think before you sound off. If you can’t control yourself at certain times, work hard to keep your mouth SHUT at those times. Acknowledge help, however minor it might be, instead of taking credit to yourself. If you find yourself faced with someone who has been unpleasant, greet them and offer to help. Not only will it make you feel better, it might either help resolve your problems or piss them off…a win-win. You can see a lot more from the higher ground.

    • You’re so right about the higher ground, Mona! Loved your point about not taking credit for others’ achievements. This courtesy is key in good servant-leader management. Cheers, Ashley

  2. Treating others as you wish to be treated. So I guess following The Golden Rule. It is important, isn’t much of an effort, and does help people get along a little more peaceably.

    • So true, Gerri. Maybe courtesy is the Golden Rule put into practice. Cheers, Ashley

  3. You’re sure right about this one! If people would just show other people a minimal amount of kindness we’d all be better off.

    • Thank you so much, Patti. I hope kindness will become a “new” trend. Cheers, Ashley

  4. Yes, indeed! If people were more courteous on the road, there would be a lot less accidents and fatalities.

    • Hi Julie, Thanks to the self-driving cars that will soon be available, road accidents will be reduced a bunch. 🙂 Cheers, Ashley

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