From the category archives:

America Today

The Emily Post Institute has partnered with Bank of America to talk about all the ways good etiquette can work with new technology to improve relationships and help people reconnect this summer. June is here and the 4th of July is just around the corner. Summer is a great time to reconnect with the people […]


Book Release Day!

by Daniel Post Senning on April 16, 2013

Manners in a Digital World, Living Well Online – available now. The Etiquette Daily blog community is a special place for me. I spent my first working hours at The Emily Post Institute answering etiquette questions like those we tackle on this blog every day. The community that comes here to ask questions and talk […]


Q: At the doctor’s office, a stranger tries to strike up a conversation with you. You’re not in the mood to talk. Do you tell her so? A: There’s no harm in indulging someone with a short conversation. But if you’re incapable because of nerves or illness, a polite deflection is what’s called for: “It’s […]


Dating Dynamics: Online dating etiquette

by epi on December 14, 2012

Q: Just for laughs, my gang of single friends and I decided to join an online dating site. But the laugh is on me- I got matched with a wonderful guy, and now I’m embarrassed to explain how we met. How can I politely avoid the subject? A: These days, it’s very natural for couples […]


Q: Is drinking from a water bottle in public, such as church or a restaurant, appropriate? A: Water bottles (and also coffee cups) often seem to be permanently attached to people these days! In formal settings, such as church, it’s best to be discreet in drinking beverages if it must be done at all. As […]


Q: How do you address a letter to someone who has retired from being a captain in the army?  I want to show respect for the rank she attained but don’t know if it’s appropriate to acknowledge it after her retirement. A: You should continue using her title whenever you address a letter to her.  […]


Election Day

by epi on November 6, 2012

In honor of election day, we are bringing back a legacy post from our archive. Don’t forget to head down to your nearest polling location and cast your vote, every one counts! Q: My daughter’s history teacher often shares her views on the election with the class.  Should I ask her not to express her […]

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National Etiquette Week: Thursday

by epi on May 17, 2012

iPad Etiquette The iPad from Apple, it’s a book, it’s e-mail, it’s your social network or your office, it’s your music and your photos plus the apps for all of that. And the more ways we can use a device, the more we’ll want to take a look at how using it affects those around […]


National Etiquette Week: Tuesday

by epi on May 15, 2012

Men’s Manners: How People View Us from Essential Manners For Men, 2nd Edition In a 2011 Emily Post Institute survey, respondents told us where men are most likely to have significant problems with their appearance.  Failing to bathe, foul language and smoking all emerged as major issues. Failure To Bathe Each of us is responsible […]


from Essential Manners For Men Gym Etiquette: Respecting the rules Follow time limits and schedules for all machines.  Start on time and end on time. Don’t monopolize the machines.  Don’t use them as spare seats, and don’t stand around them while talking to your buddies. Make sure you wipe down your machine after use. Despite […]

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