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Q: A few years ago I mentioned to some family members that I love a certain flower.  Now most of my gifts consist of something with that flower on it.  I’m being overloaded with these items.  How do I politely say, ” Thank you, but enough!  I’m going to have to open a museum soon.”  […]

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Q: Recently my mother has experienced a run of bad health.  My siblings and I have been wondering what the etiquette is of tipping private ambulance and medicab drivers, nurses, aides and therapists who have provided exceptional care.     A: The best “tip” you can give them is to write a letter to their […]

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Q: When the waiter gives you the nightly specials without the price, is it proper etiquette to ask the price of these specials?  I didn’t one night and my salad ended up costing me $20.     A: Yes, it’s fine.  They should state the price and when they don’t it is not inappropriate to […]

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Q: My family and I were sitting around the table and someone asked how and when did people start putting their pinkies in the air when they drank.  We assumed it began in the Middle Ages.  Can you shed some light on this for us?     A: Crooking your pinkie when drinking from a […]

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Q: I once received a card with a gift for my newborn requesting that I not send a thank-you note and use the time for my family.  I found it very useful at such a busy time.  I would like to send the same thing to a friend but am not sure how it should […]

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Q: My husband and I were having a discussion about table manners for the children.  Is it proper for a young child to sit on the parent’s lap after dinner is completed?     A: Except for the most informal meals, such as a picnic, or with close family and friends, it is not appropriate […]

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Q: A close friend passed away in our lake community a few weeks ago after a battle with lung cancer.  She had only a few close relatives who live more than an hour away from where the funeral was held.  Our neighbors who could not attend the funeral would like to have a memorial service […]

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Q: What’s the proper yawning conduct at work?  Does a person simply cover their mouth or should he stifle the yawn (which doesn’t fool anyone)?       A: Yawns happen.  When they do, it is certainly appropriate to cover the mouth.  If it seems inappropriate for any reason, excuse yourself.  You may say, “Sorry, […]

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Q: When visiting a bed and breakfast, is it appropriate to leave a tip and how much?     A: No, you are not expected to leave a tip for the owner.  You would, however, leave a tip if he or she has staff who takes care of making your bed, cleaning the bathroom, etc., […]

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Q:  While eating I occasionally glide my teeth instead of my lips over the fork. My husband can hear my teeth gliding over the fork and says that is very bad manners.  Is it bad manners to use your teeth to scrap food from the fork into your mouth?   A: It is not considered […]

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