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‘Like’: It’s, like, bothering me

by epi on October 3, 2011

Q: My friend says ‘like’ constantly- “it’s, like, so busy”; “she’s, like, so funny.”  Can I tell her she sounds like a teenager? A: You may just, like, want to let it go and accept her as she is.  But if you wish to speak up, approach this from a helping perspective.  Say, “Kelly, you’ve […]


Shanah Tova- Happy New Year!

by Cindy Post Senning on September 28, 2011

This post originally appeared at my parenting blog The Gift of Good Manners. I will be cross posting some of my favorite content from that blog here at the Etiquette Daily periodically. I hope you enjoy these posts as much as I enjoyed writing them. Traditional holiday greetings are one way we can show respect […]


Q: My husband and I went out with another couple for a nice dinner. They ordered very expensive appetizers and drinks. When the bill came, they expected us to split the bill evenly with them, even though they spent $50.00 more than my husband and I. We paid to avoid an argument. What should we […]


Q: What’s the proper use of a speaker phone?  A colleague uses hers to listen to voicemail messages and to make all of her outgoing calls so that I can hear the dialing.  It’s very distracting and annoying. A: You’re right.  Speaker phones in shared work areas are distracting and annoying.  That’s why the speaker […]


Q: My mother-in-law wanted to invite some of her friends to a baby shower being held for me. I thought she would invite some of her friends that I am well acquainted with, but actually she wants to invite some people that I don’t even know. When I spoke with her about this, she was […]


Q: What ever happened to a good old-fashioned “thank you”?  My mother taught me as a young girl to always to say thank you. Either in person or over the phone. When I got older, I started sending thank you cards. Now that I’m a mother, I am teaching my daughter to do the same.  […]


Q: At my daughter’s high school basketball game, I heard a father from the opposing team shouting vicious remarks at my daughter.  Should I ask him to cool it, or just ignore it? A: It’s tough not to ask the other parent to tone it down, but don’t.  Reacting to his heated comments could easily […]


Q: A coworker who’s known as the office gossip has friended you on Facebook.  Is it OK to ignore her request? A: Totally OK.  Ignoring a Facebook request is no big deal (nor is it rude).  While you have no obligation to join her in Facebook Land, a sincere, gracious refusal would be thoughtful.  Shed some […]

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Q: I live in an area where a lot of people have a home hair salon. I know the tipping etiquette for other types of salons, but wondered if I should tip the owner/stylist of a one person shop. It seems to me that since they are not paying for a booth on rent on […]


Q: My boyfriend and I work together and  have been living together along  with one of our colleagues for the past six months. Unfortunately, we have talked to him several times about his cleanliness and tidiness. I have gotten to the point where I no longer want to live with him. My boyfriend however is […]