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America Today

Q: My granddaughter’s birthday is in December and she will be 12 years old. I casually asked her what are some of the things she would like as a gift for her birthday and Christmas. Her answer was ‘Cash’ or a ‘Gift Card’. I told her that I thought it really isn’t good manners to […]

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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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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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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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Q: At a family meal recently there was some friendly discussion regarding the passing of the food. So, which way is it? Do you pass to the Left or the Right? A: You pass to the right, or counter clockwise. You pass it from your right hand to the person on your right’s left hand. […]

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Q: What is the proper way to introduce a girlfriend/boyfriend to friends / family / coworkers etc that you are involved in a romantic relationship with. (I’m a divorced male dating a divorced female, we both have children that are often with us from the previous marriage) A: You don’t need to define every relationship […]

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Announcement – ‘Awesome Etiquette’ Podcast Launch!

by Daniel Post Senning on September 3, 2014

We are pleased to announce that the Awesome Etiquette Q&A podcast is now LIVE! The Emily Post Institute is thrilled to be partnered with American Public Media’s new podcast network Infinite Guest to bring you Awesome Etiquette hosted by Lizzie Post and Daniel Post Senning As your hosts, we’ll talk about etiquette in our own […]

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Q: Should a young man who is going to a homecoming dance and is going solo, wear a boutonniere? A: Generally, if a boy has a date, he buys her a corsage and she buys him a boutonniere. If he is going without a date, it is not inappropriate for him to buy himself a […]

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Q: I am actively looking for work (don’t have the luxury of not working) and am confused by different advice as to how to approach this subject with a potential employer. I am 12wks pregnant and not showing. when is the appropriate time to tell? during an interview? This I would think NO… due to […]

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Q: When an adult birthday invite states No gifts please do you oblige or still bring a gift as a nice gesture? A: You oblige. If you feel especially close to the birthday person by all means you can send or give him a gift at another time, but it isn’t correct to take it […]

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