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Q: What is the etiquette about dragging feet, and making noise, while walking?     A: Naturally one should not scuffle or drag one’s feet or make unnecessary walking noises.  Someone who does this may have orthopedic, muscular or other problems, or simply have very bad habits.  Those in the latter category often are totally […]

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Q: My husband and I were going out for breakfast and left our home at the same time in different vehicles.  He called a friend on his cell phone to join us.  I missed a traffic light and arrived a few minutes after my husband to the restaurant.  When the waitress came to take my […]

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Q: I was very late for an important meeting today and I have no excuse.  The meeting worked out and everything went as planned except that I created a bad image for myself and my company.  I called to say that I was coming late because I did not expect traffic delays and road work.  […]

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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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