Q: How often should you tell the waiter thank you when he serves you your water, food, etc.?

A: Every time he does. He is doing something for you, you thank him for doing this. A simple thank you is courteous and not intrusive on any other conversation occurring at the same time.

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by epi on September 21, 2014

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Cruising for Company: How to Suggest that Friends Join on a Vacation

September 20, 2014

Q: We are taking a cruise for our 50th anniversary. We would like to have friends with us but can’t afford to pay for them all. Is there a ‘not tacky’ way to invite these people? A:  Tell those friends whose company you enjoy what you are planning and tell them that if they are […]

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September 20, 2014

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Fashion Flops: Can you Wear Linen After Labor Day?

September 19, 2014

Q: Do the old traditions of not wearing linen after labor day still apply? A: That really never has been a fashion tradition or rule. Linen, depending on its color, can be worn from early spring through mid-fall, weather permitting. The Memorial Day-Labor Day rule is for wearing summer white clothing or accessories. Therefore, if […]

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September 19, 2014

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Empty Handed: Proposing Without a Ring

September 18, 2014

Q: I have a question regarding the etiquette of proposing to my girlfriend: Is is acceptable to propose without an engagement ring, but with a smaller ring instead? My girlfriend is somewhat particular about her tastes, and I want her to be involved in picking out an engagement ring. But, to me, it seems that […]

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September 18, 2014

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Takeout Tipping: Should you tip When Getting Food To-Go?

September 17, 2014

Q: I am in a quandary about tipping. What is the proper etiquette if you place an order (at a restaurant such as Cracker Barrel) and YOU go pick it up as take out? Should there be a tip? A: No, there is no reason to tip unless the counter clerk has gone out of […]

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September 17, 2014

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