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America Today

Q: Is it polite to apply lipstick at the dinner table,either at home or at a restaurant when it doesn’t involve gazing into a mirror, making a production out of it, using a lip liner? A:  A quick application that is over almost before it began is fine. Anything more should be taken care of […]

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Q: When going to the ladies room, while eating at a restaurant, where do you place your napkin? On your chair or on the table? A: You place it on the table, in loose folds, if there is room to do so. If there isn’t, without putting it on top of food, for example, then […]

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Q: What color should a person not wear for a funeral? A: The default assumption is that any color that is bright and cheery wouldn’t be appropriate for a funeral. Black or subdued or neutral colors are usually the most appropriate. Sometimes a funeral is viewed as a celebration of someone’s life and guests are […]

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Q: I am an financially secure woman in my late 30′s dating a great guy who is also financially secure. We started out as friends without expectations, which is why I think we have so much fun. In the beginning of our friendship when we would go eat I offered to pay for mine and […]

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Q: When I was a child and had a birthday party we always opened the presents during the party in front of friends and family. Now the child never opens any presents in front of their guests. Is this an etiquette issue or what? Is it not proper to open the presents until all guests […]

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Q: I had planned to retire and was given gifts at a recent retirement party. Circumstances now are such that I have postponed my retirement for another year or two. What should I do about the gifts? A: You might call those who gave you gifts for your retirement and explain to them that it […]

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Q: I am single but have a lot of married friends and family. Each year at Christmas when sending and receiving gifts, I usually receive a gift from ‘Eric and Julie’ or from ‘Bill and Margie’, however I usually feel I have to buy for each of them individually. This seems a little unfair, not […]

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Q: I have an etiquette questions concerning the addressing of graduation announcements for homosexual couples who are legally married and homosexual couples who live together. I am a high school senior class advisor and have had this question posed to me in regard to to how to address the envelope. Do you address the envelope […]

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Q: What is the proper etiquette when good friends announce suddenly they are getting a divorce? We are godparents to both their children and feel close to both parties. Do I call and express sympathy . . . Do I write a note to each person? I am surprised and admittedly a little upset and […]

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Etiquette BitesTM are quick video tips on Etiquette, Lifestyle, and Relationships from The Emily Post Institute. Each bite features a Post family author offering words of advice in their area of expertise. In two minutes or less, Etiquette Bites provide the knowledge you need to mind your manners in a variety of everyday situations. In […]

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