Covering your mouth when yawning

by katherine

Please explain what happened? Why is it so terribly difficult for folks to cover their mouth when they yawn?

Often in a conversation with someone they will open their mouth so wide without trying to stifle the yawn or in any way cover their mouth during the act. I am left to view their tonsils. (I discreetly look away)

But what is more weird is that even my mom (who raised me with manners) and my sister (who was raised as I was) no longer cover their mouths when yawning. It is worse when the person yawning has the sharp air intake and strange sucking sound while yawning without saying 'excuse me'.

Is it no longer good manners or proper etiquette to politely put your hand to your mouth when yawning?

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Oct 30, 2016
Be considerate of others and Cover your mouth! NEW
by: Anonymous

Yes, very rude. Don't want to see in someones mouth or smell their breath either. Be considerate of others and Cover your mouth!

Feb 20, 2016
Nothing to do with superiority, all with tastelessness NEW
by: Anonymous

Covering your mouth when yawning should be coming forth out of common sense. Would you like it to see the inside of someone else's mouth when he/she yawns?
It has nothing to do with feeling superior to others, it has to do with tastelessness and a society that has gone downhill in proper behaviour, tactics for raising children and overall general attitude.

I learnt to cover my mouth when yawning, I find it distasteful to see someone else yawning out loud. I don't have to see the inside of someone else's breadmill.

Mar 17, 2012
Watch yourself first NEW
by: Anonymous

Why are so many people these days obsessed with the bad manners of other people? Do they think it good manners to act or feel superior to others? Focus on your own manners, including knowing when to let things slide instead of being haughty, judgmental and arrogant.

“Good manners sometimes means simply putting up with other people's bad manners.” ~H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

“Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use.” ~Emily Post

“The test of good manners is to be able to put up pleasantly with bad ones” ~Wendell L. Willkie

May 07, 2010
Is it for fun?
by: Eunice replies

I feel your pain.

Do you think they do it out of fun?

Some people I know have the best manners in public and become cheeky at home by slurping their soup, yawning and stretching loudly etc etc.

If you feel close enough, you can tell them, 'I'd appreciate if I didn't have to see your tonsils when you do that.'

You can look away. Or roll your eyes because they might get the hint.

If all else fails, grin and bear it.

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