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Q: What is a tactful way to turn someone down when they want to borrow something? I often have friends that ask to borrow something I saved up for ages to buy or that has sentimental value, and I don’t want to lend it out. Help! A: Just say you are sorry, but that you […]

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Q: I have a new friend and we decided to walk weekly. At first, we walked one day of the week, but now we set a different day. I can’t get a hang of the new day. I’ve rudely but inadvertently stood her up twice because of this change. The first time I sent her […]

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Q: How do I politely tell a friend that they have very bad breath? A: In private, tell them that LATELY you have noticed that their breath is pretty strong and while you don’t mind too much, you don’t want them to be embarrassed when with others. It could be a medical issue, a matter […]

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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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Dish Delivery: Proper way to Return Dishes

by epi on September 3, 2014

Q: I have always been told that it is ‘rude’ to return a dish to a person empty. Therefore, when I am returning a dish, say after a holiday meal when others have brought food, and left their dishes for me to wash (just a little sarcism!), I always put something in it. I may […]

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Q: I follow a religion that is a minority religion, as does a friend of mine. My problem is when we are at social functions my friend has to let everyone she is talking to know that we are a different religion. While we are proud of it, the problem is that we are not […]

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Q: Is it proper etiquette for a parent to throw a baby shower for their child or does it seem to be greedy? A: No, you never have a shower for yourself. Showers are traditionally given by friends of the family, or relatives of the couple.

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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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