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Do I have a suit? Up next, can I tie my tie?

My 'suit' consists of a jacket and pants that are different colours although they are complimentary. Is this not really a suit, but rather just a jacket and slacks? Is there any situation such as an office setting where this wouldn't fly? [more inside]
posted by GleepGlop on Aug 4, 2007 - 13 answers

Handshake etiquette especially with women

Over the course of my personal life I have noticed a trend of not shaking women's hands when first meeting them in social settings. What is the proper way to greet women in a first meeting in a public setting? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 14, 2007 - 35 answers

How do I fit in?

How do I gain rapport with people? (or, should I ditch if I'm being ditched?) [more inside]
posted by mpls2 on Jul 14, 2007 - 24 answers

How to be the single one?

What's appropriate behavior in mixed groups of couples and singles? Especially when there's just one single? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 12, 2007 - 45 answers

men can't wear sundresses.

My boyfriend and I are heading to an outdoor wedding this weekend. It's expected to be hot, so I am questioning the appropriateness of a suit. The poor man will roast. What should/ can he wear that is acceptable? [more inside]
posted by brinkzilla on Jun 19, 2007 - 39 answers

How much do my hosts need to know?

Breakup/Houseguest Etiquette question: How to RSVP? [more inside]
posted by hermitosis on Jun 13, 2007 - 26 answers

Good lord.

How do you maintain dignity and self-control while being dumped? Furthermore, where do you live? [more inside]
posted by somersault on Jun 1, 2007 - 46 answers

Replying to a formal invitation

So, I've been invited to a party at my country's embassy later this week. The formal invitation asks me to RSVP, but I don't do this sort of thing very often, and I've got no idea what the right protocol for a response is. Anyone got any idea?
posted by ascullion on May 23, 2007 - 15 answers

How to talk to friends about death and illness if you hate talking about it?

I have a hard time talking to my friends about other people's terminal illnesses and/or deaths. I'd like to get better at this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 16, 2007 - 12 answers

How do you gently tell someone you're casually dating that you're also dating someone else?

How do you gently tell someone you're casually dating that you're also dating someone else? [more inside]
posted by thehmsbeagle on Apr 30, 2007 - 33 answers

How to decline eating out?

How does one gracefully decline eating out when already spending time with a group of people? [more inside]
posted by tehgeekmeister on Apr 30, 2007 - 32 answers

Piss or move down the trough?

A question of men's restroom trough etiquette: Do I shuffle down or stay put? [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Apr 27, 2007 - 40 answers

inner circle sushi

I've been admitted to a very exclusive, yet humble, sushi-ya. What should I do and avoid, to become a star customer? [more inside]
posted by cior on Apr 23, 2007 - 23 answers

Should I get either of my step-siblings baby-warming gifts?

My two stepsisters each recently gave birth. Should I get either of them a gift? It gets a little complicated. [more inside]
posted by drycleanonly on Apr 22, 2007 - 18 answers

Should a Video of VTech Shooter's Play be Online?

Friends and I downloaded a copy of a play script written by the Virginia Tech shooter, filmed it, and posted it on youtube. I have since taken it down. How bad an idea was this (and some more specific questions inside)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 20, 2007 - 53 answers

Sit down and shut up!

What is the proper seating arrangement for at home family dinners? [more inside]
posted by LadyBonita on Apr 17, 2007 - 30 answers

Is it cool to pee in prospective houses?

Real estate pee etiquettefilter: Is it kosher to use the bathroom in a house that you're viewing for purposes of buying? Does it make a difference if the house is vacant or still occupied? [more inside]
posted by saladpants on Apr 12, 2007 - 27 answers

Work at the Wedding? I do. Hate it to Hell.

WeddingFilter: Help my girlfriend and I gracefully decline a request to work the reception table. Again. And forevermore. [more inside]
posted by krippledkonscious on Apr 10, 2007 - 33 answers

Help Me Identify An Old Etiquette Book

Looking for an etiquette book I read a long time ago. [more inside]
posted by cm on Apr 9, 2007 - 3 answers

Web and print resources for an anxious gay fiancée-to-be

Please point me toward resources to help me cope with my family and their responses to my impending (gay) engagement. My Google-fu seems to be failing me. There's more details on my specific situation inside. [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake on Apr 3, 2007 - 35 answers

Grocery store line etiquette

Grocery store line etiquette - when someone abandons their cart to go get an additional item, do they forfeit their place in line? [more inside]
posted by marble on Apr 3, 2007 - 116 answers

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

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