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Back when "Flying Was Fun" Alexandra Smythe and Cate Clarke were Flight Attendants with a Major International Carrier. Prior to Private Jets coming into vogue, Alexandra and Cate traveled in the First Class World, meeting and greeting the top celebrities, politicians who would become Presidents, nouveau riche, and yes the occasional Headline Grabbing Criminal in Handcuffs!

What the two ladies viewed and experienced became fodder for the School of Flaunt, so much money, such bad taste and oh those terrible manners. Something had to be done! Hence, The School of Flaunt Handbook was born. Read More

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Lesson Six: SOF Attitude, Manners and Etiquette

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Published: Tuesday, September 1, 2015




Lesson Six: SOF Attitude, Manners and Etiquette

"Are You Behaving Badly?"


In our introduction to the School of Flaunt Handbook we spoke about how all of you are starting to resemble actors in fast food commercials. Smacking your lips and licking your fingers. Who needs napkins? How silly of us.

Unfortunately our society seems to be revolving around the mundane, reality television, or even worse yet the MTV Video Music Awards.

Yes, the unfiltered mouths of some which made it necessary to have tape delays to handle the abundant cursing, was again necessary!

We watched as Miley Cyrus made politically incorrect comments about Snoop Dogg, or is it Lion? saying he was "my real mammy." Stop and think Miley dear, we don't call anyone's Mother, Mammy anymore! We think that term went out with the Civil War?

And then we had Nicki Minaj who closed her speech with a throw down the gauntlet remark to Miley Cyrus when she said, "this bitch (meaning Miley) who had a lot to say about me last week in the press." Wow, Miley and Nicki now are having a moment! Gives us the chills. And we are all lucky enough to witness it live on TV. Does it get any better than that or are we just watching another form of a fake TV wrestling match? Could it be all about ratings?

But the truly sad thing about this entire evening was that our children are watching this nonsense and thinking this is the way you can act in society and get away with it. Rude, cursing, boobs popping out of clothes, which by the way the clothes on some of the parties were almost nonexistent. Tacky not sexy! But then that takes us to another topic of how to dress so we won't digress here.

All we are asking dear students of flaunt is that you conduct yourselves like ladies and gentleman. It truly isn't that hard and you will probably stand out from the crowd of the boorish and common.

Now that is not to say that you can't use new words that that are actually in the Oxford dictionary.

Take for instance "kayfabe". The fact or convention of presenting staged performances as genuine or authentic. It is largely used in pro wrestling circles, but the dictionary says it origin is unknown, except possibly as a reversal of the phrase, "be fake." Hmm do you think we saw many Kayfabes at the MTV awards show? Or maybe all of those reality TV shows are kayfabes? Just asking.

And we love this one. "Rando", a person one does not know, especially one regarded as odd, suspicious, or "engaging in socially inappropriate behavior." Do you think we saw enough Randos at the MTV awards? Maybe the MTV Awards show should be renamed to "MTV Randos." Has a certain ring to it.

Then believe it or not "awesomesauce" meaning extremely good or excellent has been added. Sorry we feel that one will be archaic in another year or two. Brings up that ad between the two sisters that you see every other minute on TV. Boring.

Puhleese, give us a break. Imagine you are sitting in a board meeting and you hear someone commenting about your latest proposal with, "awesomesauce." Well, you get our point? Don't you? Please tell us you do.

Then there is "on boarding" which comes from the HR department. It is describing the action or process of integrating a new employee into an organization or familiarizing a new customer or client with one's products or services. We happen to approve of this one. Succinct and makes sense.

Ever seen someone put Mkay at the end of a sentence? It is a non standard way of spelling or saying "Okay". Oxford says it is a way to invite agreement. Frankly we wouldn't put that at the end of a sentence. You will look very young and juvenile if you use that on your note to the boss, unless he is 25 years of age too. Okay.

But our favorite new word is Hangry. It means bad tempered or irritable as a result of hunger. So since we are hangry now, we will close with these final thoughts.

Please don't use vulgar slang and try to keep your new words appropriate to the situation and people you are speaking with.

We ask now that you repeat: dope, dude, like, like, uh, amazing, like awesome, Booyah, awesomesauce, and now you know what I'm talking about. If these sound like familiar banter then put your baseball cap on backwards or sideways. Now look into the mirror. If you think that you are Boardroom material or ready for Wall Street please never admit that you have read anything from the School of Flaunt. In fact if you have purchased our book please dispose of it immediately and tell no one that you have ever read it! Merci!

Your Divas of Good Taste,

Alexandra Smythe and Cate Clarke


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