Is it correct to say "know your place" to someone that is being rude to an elder person or someone important? And are there other phrases that can be used?

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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because manners are purely subjective as they depend a great deal on circumstances, and list questions without very clear criteria for accepting a single answer are frowned upon. – Andrew Leach Apr 5 at 13:57

I'd probably say, "[Please] show [some] respect." To me, "Know your place" is somewhat old-fashioned and has connotations of a master – servant relationship or of a class-bound society.

Sometimes a humorous rebuke (such as "I wish I were your age and knew everything") is more effective than a solemn one, but it depends on the person and the occasion.


You can always use, with any person who is being rude to just about anyone;

"You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar".

He/She might even learn something from it :) .

But its not specifically to what you asked for.


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