I'm actually curious as to what the Cydonian was getting at. I wouldn't be surprised if etiquette is very different in Asian cultures, particularly those on Mars, which must have diverged from their terrestrial antecedents a long time ago.
Just because you can talk anywhere doesn't mean you should talk anywhere. A cell phone is a mobile phone, not a public phone. Find a private place to conduct your call or do it when you get home.
That's a very specific definition of rude that I'm not familiar with. My understanding of rudeness is that it's willfully careless about other people's sensitivities in the context of social conventions... I'd be interested to see if you could find dictionary support or someone else to agree with you about this distinction.
Anyway, basically, rudeness is when someone does something that annoys the person or persons around them when they are expected to “know better”.
On the issue of interrupting in-person conversations to take a cellphone call, there seems to be a broad divergence of opinion. Personally, I think that this practice is socially untenable and an artifact of how recent it is that there is constant availability of phone access.
But I was never the kid who did his homework in front of the TV. I did it in total silence, in my room, with the door closed.
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