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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 […]


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.  […]


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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National Etiquette Week: Monday

by epi on May 14, 2012

Pregnancy Etiquette In The 21st Century From tweeting during labor to having your big news scooped on Facebook, sharing the news of pregnancy has a modern etiquette all its own. There are few pieces of news as exciting to share as pregnancy. Whether it is a first or fifth, a surprise or long hoped for, […]

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Q: My 8-year-old son went to a classmate’s birthday party, and his pal’s mom posted photos of the fete on Facebook.  What do I do? A: Navigating online spaces such as Facebook is part of modern life.  If you don’t want your child’s picture posted online, ask this mom to remove the photos that include […]


Valentine Venture: Do you reciprocate?

by epi on February 14, 2012

Q: My single friend always buys her girlfriends presents on Valentine’s Day, since she jokingly considers us her valentines.  Do I have to buy her a gift in return, or is it OK to get just one for my husband? A: You don’t have to reciprocate when someone gives you a gift.  A gracious thank-you […]


The Etiquette of Valentine’s Day

by Cindy Post Senning on February 14, 2012

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. Valentine’s Day can be such fun. Kids love it. It’s […]