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When is a sympathy card way out of line?

Is this a bad idea? I just recently discovered that an old friend/boyfriend from high school has been arrested on a murder charge. I'd like to send a note to his family regarding my sympathy. [more inside]
posted by teleri025 on Mar 23, 2007 - 41 answers

Should I go to a bar that I don't like but that my friend chose?

My friend invites a group to a bar, for which I have disdain and is expensive. I am selective about where I go, and I am on a budget. Should I go? [more inside]
posted by beautiful on Mar 22, 2007 - 27 answers

Help me not faux pas

Questions about guesthouse etiquette. [more inside]
posted by speranza on Mar 18, 2007 - 5 answers

Feeding the masses

Is it weird to offer home-made cookies to authors when they're signing my books? [more inside]
posted by Samantha on Feb 19, 2007 - 35 answers

Are we misunderstanding a colleague's seemingly rude behavior?

My co-workers agree that a Russian colleague has an off-putting attitude. Is this a personality conflict or a cultural misunderstanding? [more inside]
posted by juliplease on Feb 15, 2007 - 24 answers

No longer rockin' the suburbs.

How do you react to eccentric strangers on public transportation? [more inside]
posted by landedjentry on Feb 5, 2007 - 80 answers

Plane etiquette

Is it rude to recline your seat on an airplane? [more inside]
posted by lalex on Jan 25, 2007 - 100 answers

Baby Shower or not?

Baby Shower - How to have a non-greedy one? [more inside]
posted by Joh on Jan 22, 2007 - 35 answers

A polite reminder to a forgetful recommendation-writer?

How might I go about com[posing a polite "reminder" email for a... forgetful recommendation-letter writer? [more inside]
posted by wreckingball on Jan 21, 2007 - 8 answers

Unwanted iPod vs. Happy Girlfriend

My girlfriend gave me an iPod Nano for Christmas but I was going to ask for a iPod 60GB for my birthday. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 7, 2007 - 34 answers

My refrigerator runneth over

EtiquetteFilter: I had surgery last week and my lovely, sweet friends have signed up to bring a home cooked meal each night until the 29th of December. How do I get them to stop? [more inside]
posted by LoriFLA on Dec 20, 2006 - 34 answers

Work Christmas Cards - If I give out one, do I have to give one to everyone?

OfficePolitics/Etiquette Filter: Christmas Cards - If I give out one, do I have to give one to everyone? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 18, 2006 - 5 answers

How do I handle this delicate work gift issue?

WorkGiftExchangeFilter: Got a gift, unexpectedly got another gift, should I return/do something charitable with the second? Of course it's way more complicated than that, so for the brave there's.... [more inside]
posted by shiu mai baby on Dec 18, 2006 - 13 answers

How do you respond to news of a recent abortion?

How do you respond to news of a recent abortion? [more inside]
posted by Tuwa on Dec 9, 2006 - 15 answers

How should we respond to a sympathy card?

What is the polite way to acknowledge/respond to sympathy cards? [more inside]
posted by ciocarlia on Nov 28, 2006 - 11 answers

How do I eat crusty bread?

How do I eat crusty bread or other crumbly items like crackers without getting a big crumbly mess all over the table? [more inside]
posted by grouse on Nov 26, 2006 - 22 answers

How to handle conversation interruptions graciously?

In a meet-and-greet setting, when talking to someone and someone else comes by and interrupts, what's the gracious way of dealing with it? [more inside]
posted by perpetualstroll on Nov 24, 2006 - 11 answers

Work/Blog Precautionary Measures

The cat's out of the bag: I told an (non-supervisor) acquaintance at work about my (before now) secret blog. What do I need to do to not get fired? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 21, 2006 - 19 answers

Office Drama

I'm transitioning from part-time to full-time at my office and until the paperwork is completed, the director has said that I can only work X number of hours per week and that I must give priority to the (evening) hours when he needs me. Right now, I don't have a regular schedule and each week unfolds according to his needs. However, I am regularly given work by other people in the office and there's the rub... [more inside]
posted by anonymous78 on Nov 17, 2006 - 4 answers

Do you retell other people's remarks?

Do you retell other people's clever remarks as your own? [more inside]
posted by Brian James on Nov 12, 2006 - 39 answers

How to handle steet parking damage when there's no witness, etc?

[Street Parking Etiquette] - Darn - someone hit my parallel-parked new Prius! (more below) [more inside]
posted by mctsonic on Nov 6, 2006 - 13 answers

To nose burp or not to nose burp

What are you supposed to do if you have to burp? Say you are at a pub sitting at a table with some people drinking a pint and the beer makes you need to burp regularly. I've done the ol' burp with the mouth closed and let it out through the nose, but I thought I'd ask MeFi. [more inside]
posted by dino terror on Nov 1, 2006 - 19 answers

I don't want a wedding list/gift registry!

How do I avoid a "wedding" list (or gift registry as they're called here) without upsetting people? [more inside]
posted by tonylord on Nov 1, 2006 - 38 answers

What does DS & DD mean in forums?

What does DS and DD mean on forums? [more inside]
posted by Maia on Oct 26, 2006 - 13 answers

Which diploma goes on top?

[My-copy-of-Emily-Post-is-in-the-shop-Filter:] I have two diplomas, a JD and a BA, and I want to hang them in my office, one above the other. Which one goes on top?
posted by Saucy Intruder on Oct 25, 2006 - 17 answers

Cash Cab Tipper?

Do (can?) people tip Ben Bailey, the driver of the Cash Cab? [more inside]
posted by gregoryc on Oct 24, 2006 - 6 answers

How do I say hello to a King?

I've been invited to a state dinner and am just starting to freak out about it. How do I keep myself from looking like an idiot? [more inside]
posted by KathyK on Oct 23, 2006 - 16 answers

How is one supposed to react when bein gmade the butt of a lame joke?

Two (or more) people are talking and a new person enters the group. One of the current group makes an obvious joke about the third. How is the person who enters the group "supposed" to react. [more inside]
posted by jeremias on Oct 16, 2006 - 36 answers

How far from bed to keep condoms?

How far from my bed should I keep my condoms in order not to seem like a man-whore? [more inside]
posted by gelcap on Oct 7, 2006 - 55 answers

Implications in Ignoring IMs

If a friend ignored your instant messages all day when you knew that they were online the entire time, would you consider that rude? [more inside]
posted by bbrown on Sep 20, 2006 - 92 answers

What to get for a christening gift?

I need to get a gift for my soon-to-be goddaughter's christening on Sunday and I have no idea what to get her. [more inside]
posted by Jess the Mess on Sep 15, 2006 - 18 answers

Guilt and the poor relation's story

How can I best address being on a budget/diet while out with friends? It seems a mention of budgetary/dietary reasons for skipping drinking/appetizers/dessert makes my friends feel bad -- like either we should have waited to go out till I wouldn't have to restrict myself, or chosen a cheaper outing, or that they should be restricting themselves too. [more inside]
posted by xo on Sep 12, 2006 - 17 answers

Tell someone they have foul breath?

Should I tell someone that they've got extremely bad breath--and if so, how? [more inside]
posted by Brian James on Sep 9, 2006 - 14 answers

Fighting fire with fire?

My cousin's fiancee had a baby last year. I couldn't attend the baby shower, but sent a nice gift anyway. No thank you note. (the relatives I talked to who went to the shower didn't get one either.) More than month ago, I went to her wedding shower and gave her another nice gift. So far, no thank you note. Now, what should I do about a wedding gift, or should I get off my cranky high horse? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 9, 2006 - 77 answers

Hoo boy....

[EtiquetteFilter] My mother and stepfather divorced about 8 months ago. They had been together for 28 years. I have not heard from him since the split, and (due to the nature of the split) don't have that much interest in doing so. Now, his mother -- my former step-grandmother -- is dying. [more inside]
posted by kaseijin on Sep 8, 2006 - 35 answers

Do younger people pay with folding money only?

Have you noticed a link between a person's age and whether he/she pays for purchases with exact change? [more inside]
posted by wryly on Aug 30, 2006 - 77 answers

Who's the captain?

Are you supposed to tip movers? [more inside]
posted by kaseijin on Aug 19, 2006 - 17 answers

weddings make life complicated

Wedding Etiquettefilter - was I invited or not? what should I do about it? [more inside]
posted by typewriter on Aug 19, 2006 - 13 answers

Should I give back a ring that my ex's mom gave me?

Relationship Etiquette Filter: I had forgotten that I still have a gift that an ex's mom gave to me several years ago. It supposedly had sentimental value, and I feel weird about keeping it. Will I offend by trying to return it? Oh boy, there's way [more inside]
posted by wejones on Aug 16, 2006 - 43 answers

Addressing wedding invitations...

How rude is it really to use a printer and a nice calligraphy or script font to print addresses on wedding invitation envelopes? [more inside]
posted by tastybrains on Aug 5, 2006 - 54 answers

Do you know you have a lazy eye?

What is the proper etiquette for asking someone about their lazy eye? [more inside]
posted by The_Partridge_Family on Jul 5, 2006 - 24 answers

How do you keep in touch with new business acquaintances?

You've just been to a conference and made many new acquaintances. Now, what is the proper method / etiquette to maintain contact? [more inside]
posted by pricklypear on Jun 29, 2006 - 6 answers

I really want this job. Can I say so?

[HR/employmentfilter] Is it very unorthodox or unacceptable to 'circumvent' an agency who put you forward for a job and ask questions of the employer directly? (UK if it matters) [more inside]
posted by ClarissaWAM on Jun 28, 2006 - 11 answers

How to participate in a chat without being intrusive?

How do I participate in a chat where the others frequently talk about personal topics, but want me not to but in, since I am not a long-time member? [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 on Jun 27, 2006 - 16 answers


Cycling questions: UK cyclepath etiquette, numbness, squeaking, body temperature! [more inside]
posted by beerbajay on Jun 25, 2006 - 21 answers

Is my great aunt hinting that she wants me to call her?

Is my great aunt hinting that she wants me to call her? [more inside]
posted by disaster77 on Jun 23, 2006 - 26 answers

Baby Shower etiquette for men/dummies

If my wife hosts a baby shower, fairly large (30+ people) for her friend (with all the expense, labour and effort that requires) would she still be expected to give a present to her friend on top of this?
posted by iTristan on Jun 11, 2006 - 20 answers

Is is impolite to invite some coworkers but not others to a housewarming party?

HousewarmingPartyFilter: Is is impolite to invite some coworkers (my immediate team) to a housewarming party but not others (the office at large)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 12, 2006 - 16 answers

Do you REALLY mean that?

How do you follow up on politely given invitations? [more inside]
posted by lucyleaf on May 8, 2006 - 15 answers

How do I back-out of a verbal agreement to work in a graduate school lab rotation?

I recently got into a graduate school program which would fund me for the next 5 years. The thing is, in the first year I am expected to do lab rotations (3 in total), and I talked with a professor about seriously wanting to join hs group rather enthusiastically without consulting others first. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 8, 2006 - 9 answers

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