According to the Collins Dictionary, courtesy is politeness, respect and consideration for others. The Cambridge dictionary defines common courtesy as the basic level of politeness that you expect from someone. It's really just being kind and considerate to the people around you.
You don't have to go far to find bad examples of common courtesy. We'll be looking at examples of these on the blog over the next few months. This week's common courtesy is 'don't use your speaker phone in public.' I have seen this countless times on the public transport, at the shops and at school. No one else on the train needs to hear your conversation about what happened at the party on the weekend. If you must talk on your phone in public, try to find a secluded place and hold the phone to your ear. If possible, offer to call the person back later.
R.S.V.P. stands for the French phrase, répondez, s'il vous plaît. It is translated, "respond if you please," but really means, please let me know if you're coming. It is polite to respond to invitations so that the host knows how many people to cater for. This is especially important when you're invited to formal events such as weddings where the host is paying per head and numbers are limited. However, it is just plain good manners to respond to any invitation, whether it is a sleepover, birthday party or family event. It's a good rule of thumb to respond sooner, rather than waiting until the R.S.V.P. deadline. It is also important to let the host know if your circumstances change and you can't make it, for example, if you are unwell.
Just because someone is whispering doesn't mean that they are gossiping or being mean, but it's not a good look. When people are whispering in front of other people it makes everyone else feel awkward and excludes others from the conversation. We can all remember an occasion when someone cupped their hand to their mouth and whispered something in their friend's ear. You can help but wonder what they are saying and if they are talking about you. If you can't say something in front of the whole group, save it for later, or don't say it at all.