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How to speak with someone who stutters

What's the proper etiquette when you're speaking to someone with a stutter? Do you stutter? What are you thinking as it's happening? [more inside]
posted by HotPatatta on Mar 18, 2008 - 36 answers

Life is uncertain. Eat dessert [never?]."

Waitress etiquette: I work at a diner that's only open one day a week (at an auction arena). We're a close-knit group (employees and customers). We have a "special" every week, a dinner that includes a dessert. Sometimes a particular customer will say "I don't want the dessert" and sometimes he/she won't... [more inside]
posted by amyms on Mar 18, 2008 - 19 answers

Keep my happy hour from becoming sad.

What's the best way to organize a happy hour at a bar? [more inside]
posted by rouftop on Mar 15, 2008 - 14 answers

Who keeps clogging the toilet, and why?

[ToiletMysteryFilter]Why would someone clog a public toilet with paper every day? [more inside]
posted by dubold on Mar 14, 2008 - 31 answers

Dear Sirs?

What is the best way to address a formal email to a generic alias (e.g., or [more inside]
posted by hihowareyou on Mar 3, 2008 - 23 answers

No hablo espanol but I'd like to be polite.

What is the polite way to deal with service workers who speak poor English in an English-speaking country? [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Feb 22, 2008 - 25 answers

Press release etiquette?

What is proper etiquette for writing and distributing press releases? General advice, book/website suggestions appreciated; more specific questions inside. [more inside]
posted by bubukaba on Jan 31, 2008 - 13 answers


Pot-smoking etiquette: when someone smokes you out, how long are you obligated to hang out with them? [more inside]
posted by Christ, what an asshole on Jan 22, 2008 - 18 answers

Call Me: Anytime Anyplace Anywhere Anyway

Novel Research Filter: Help me describe phone culture/ etiquette in the 70's prior to the advent of answering machines. [more inside]
posted by Xurando on Jan 13, 2008 - 16 answers

Should I be tipping my dealer?

For traveling drug dealers (specifically door-to-door marijuana delivery services in NYC), what is the etiquette for tipping? Yes? No? If yes, is there a standard accepted rate?
posted by anonymous on Jan 7, 2008 - 11 answers

Gift giving etiquette

[EtiquetteFilter] My sister and her new husband are giving me one gift for Christmas. Am I obligated to give each of them a gift, or is it acceptable for me to give one gift to the couple?
posted by HotPatatta on Dec 22, 2007 - 27 answers

Am I coming across as a wuss?

De-corking a bottle of wine. Slow and steady or just rip 'er out? [more inside]
posted by porpoise on Dec 18, 2007 - 28 answers

If you tell me "Congratulations", I will barf all over you.

I've recently discovered I'm pregnant, but I won't be staying pregnant, especially now that I know that's what's been making me feel so awful for the last several weeks. But I've missed a lot of work and several social events; people are worried about me. Everybody's always asking me what's wrong. What do I tell them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 4, 2007 - 50 answers

How to deal with obnoxious recruiters?

How do you deal with calls from recruiters who are inappropriately rude? [more inside]
posted by designmartini on Nov 21, 2007 - 19 answers

Is there a gift that says "thanks for the threesome?"

Is there a gift that says "thanks for the threesome?" [more inside]
posted by sondrialiac on Nov 19, 2007 - 44 answers

Networking and business card etiquette

I have a new community blog that is a place for people in my industry to talk shop. I want to get the word out and have a very inviting stack of business cards that I have collected over the years at industry conferences. Is it appropriate to email any of these contacts and ask them to write/contribute or just tell them about the blog? [more inside]
posted by scrumtralescent on Nov 12, 2007 - 5 answers

And thank you for thanking me for thanking you!

Does an e-mail thank-you note require a response? [more inside]
posted by Ms. Saint on Nov 12, 2007 - 12 answers

Soliciting friends

Is it appropriate for my daughter to send a letter to our family friends soliciting donations to the non-profit she works for? [more inside]
posted by retiree on Nov 12, 2007 - 29 answers

Ol' Snothead

Is it rude to attend a party when you have a cold? [more inside]
posted by Jess the Mess on Nov 10, 2007 - 18 answers

How Much is Too Much for Holiday Cards

What's the etiquette for photos on holiday cards? [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Nov 2, 2007 - 25 answers

A bridesmaid dress I WANT to wear??

Is it okay to wear a bridesmaid's dress before the wedding? [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur on Nov 2, 2007 - 27 answers

MySpace/Facebook Etiquette

Advise me on MySpace/Facebook etiquette. [more inside]
posted by Drohan on Oct 20, 2007 - 6 answers

Help a haole

How do I not be an obnoxious mainlander while vacationing on the Big Island? [more inside]
posted by small_ruminant on Oct 19, 2007 - 12 answers

Is it appropriate to get a letter of recommendation from people on the search committee?

I am currently a visiting professor at a liberal arts college. Our department is conducting a search for a tenure track position which I intend to apply for. I need letters of recommendation which address my teaching abilities. The people most qualified to write these letters are my colleagues that are on the search committee. Is it appropriate or inappropriate to ask them to write letters of recommendation for this position?
posted by achmorrison on Oct 18, 2007 - 12 answers

My Fair Gentleman

My Fair ... Gentleman? Please give me a crash course on being a gentleman for a date with a lady. [more inside]
posted by TimeTravelSpeed on Oct 16, 2007 - 59 answers

Male Pattern Balding Below The Belt

OK, so there was the must I submit to monthly waxing question, which brought out tons of responses from "no, do what you want" to "yes, you should if you're dating" to "you're being oppressed by a patriarchal society" to "it smacks of pedophilia". That being said, what are the opinions of men trimming/shaving their below the belt region? More specifically, women, would you be turned off or disgusted by a guy who trimmed or shaved?
posted by anonymous on Oct 16, 2007 - 53 answers

must I submit to monthly waxing torture?

sex-appeal-filter: what's the deal with bikini waxing? Is it necessary? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 15, 2007 - 91 answers

Not in the Webster Handbook of Style...

HolyManEtiquetteFilter: If the Dalai Lama and the Pope are in the same room, how do you address them plurally? [more inside]
posted by l33tpolicywonk on Oct 4, 2007 - 23 answers

internet infamy

Someone reproduced the full text of an email from me, including my unique full name, on a Google-indexed forum. My two messages to the forum requesting removal have been fruitless. Am I out of luck? [more inside]
posted by moonlet on Sep 25, 2007 - 22 answers

Having a cold around a lot of people

Etiquette filter: What's the best way to handle being stopped up in a crowed situation such as on an airplane or in a large lecture hall? Is it more annoying if I sit and sniff, or occasionally blow my nose? Also, to imagine the worst possible scenario, what do I do if I find myself in this situation without enough tissues?
posted by martinX's bellbottoms on Sep 19, 2007 - 15 answers

Is it inconsiderate/impolite to bring a meal from home into a resturant/cafe that you cook and prepare food for?

Is it inconsiderate/impolite to bring a meal from home into a resturant/cafe that you cook and prepare food for? [more inside]
posted by monkeyagent on Sep 16, 2007 - 25 answers

What do you consider to be proper gum-chewing etiquette?

What do you consider to be proper gum-chewing etiquette? [more inside]
posted by LecheFresca on Sep 13, 2007 - 24 answers

How to tactfully ask invitees to a 50th anniversary celebration to pay for their lodging?

How would I tactfully ask people I'm inviting to my parents' 50th anniversary to pay for their lodging? [more inside]
posted by Capri on Sep 3, 2007 - 17 answers

missed connections

ModernDayEtiquetteFilter: What is the general consensus on returning calls (received on one's mobile phone) based on a missed call log vs. leaving a message? [more inside]
posted by uaudio on Aug 30, 2007 - 56 answers

Couple buys couple a drink...

Etiquettefilter -- So me and my girl were at a strip club... [more inside]
posted by eas98 on Aug 29, 2007 - 12 answers

Who pays for a wedding?

Wedding Etiquette filter: Who pays for what in a traditional wedding? Specifically I am looking for anything to back up the claim of my future parents in law that the costs for the reception is split between the two families. [more inside]
posted by remthewanderer on Aug 23, 2007 - 71 answers

How can I feel okay about lying in church?

One of my best friends asked me to be godmother to her new daughter today. I cried, she cried, I said yes (of course). I'm over the moon about it. But the god thing has got me a bit concerned and I'd like some advice... [more inside]
posted by finding.perdita on Aug 23, 2007 - 29 answers

How do I stall booking a business trip when I plan on resigning?

I am being pressured to make travel arrangements for a conference in October, but I plan on resigning sometime next week. How do I stall or get out of it without blowing my cover? I've already been stalling for a month, it's becoming more and more difficult to put it off. [more inside]
posted by yeti on Aug 15, 2007 - 16 answers

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

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