Yeah, I originally had the word rules accompanied by quotations (i.e. “rules”). Somehow they got lost. Interestingly though, they did refer to them as THE RULES back in Cz. when I was a kid. I wonder if this has anything to do with me not being able to let go.
Well in the States they are often referred to as “rules” as well. Rules of etiquette and such. Taking back what I said, Perhaps “rules” would be accurate as they are conditions that govern behavior. However, there really is no enforcement of them except for maybe your parents, family, and friends that might say something when they feel your actions were socially unacceptable.