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Is this a wedding or a fundraiser?

When I asked my brother if there was something in particular he would like for his upcoming wedding, he told me not to give him anything unless it was cash. I have a few issues with this request. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 14, 2012 - 79 answers

Wake or funeral?

Do you go to the wake or the funeral? [more inside]
posted by Sissinghurst on Feb 13, 2012 - 38 answers

Issue of payment for professional services when the professional is doing it as a favor to my family member. Advice?

Issue of payment for professional services when the professional is doing it as a favor to my family member. Advice? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on Feb 10, 2012 - 8 answers

Etiquette regarding followups after an interview? Found an awesome job, but don't want to seem pushy.

I found a job that I would really like to get, but the company is being slow in making a decision. [more inside]
posted by digitaldraco on Feb 1, 2012 - 10 answers

How to Handle a Restaurant Bill SNAFU

A few weeks ago I had a frustrating interaction with a waiter regarding a gift card. I am still bothered by what happened and would like some advice about it. [more inside]
posted by iLoveTheRain on Jan 21, 2012 - 33 answers

Bringing a baby to a wake?

Is it appropriate to bring my 3-month old to a wake? [more inside]
posted by kosmonaut on Jan 19, 2012 - 26 answers

Whats the proper way to let a guy know he won't be getting any?

I'm a girl. You're a guy. We're making out, but we won't be doing anything past that tonight. How do I let you know that so you don't feel like I'm leading you on? Or do I let you know at all? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 14, 2012 - 25 answers

What Would Metafilter Do?

I think that a new(ish) friend of mine might be involved with a pseudo-cult. Should I express my concern or just bite my tongue? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 13, 2012 - 17 answers

Wedding etiquette regarding invites and rsvp

My partner was not invited to my friend's wedding yet my ex-husband and his new girlfriend are. Bride and Groom to be were both invited and attended ex and my wedding previously. I live with my partner and its a serious relationship. My ex-husbands gf is now pregnant. I find this all upsetting. How should I respond? [more inside]
posted by Under the Sea on Jan 13, 2012 - 67 answers

Dear accountant, let me make you look better!

What's the proper etiquette when offering to barter for my design services? [more inside]
posted by PardonMyFrench on Jan 13, 2012 - 14 answers

Doyyy I wish I could do that herp derp derp

How do I talk to people whose work I admire without coming across as starstruck, opportunistic, tactless, or otherwise obnoxious? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 11, 2012 - 16 answers

Help me be a good bridesmaid from afar.

Help me be a good bridesmaid--from afar, on a low budget, with close to no vacation time, for a bride who I hadn't spoken with in two years. [more inside]
posted by soundproof on Jan 10, 2012 - 7 answers

urinal bathroom etiquette

I work in an office with one bathroom on the floor. In the bathroom, there are 3 urinals, side-by-side, with short dividers between them. Given that when I use the bathroom, there is about a 50% chance that at least one other person will already be using a urinal as well, which urinal generally gets the least amount of use? My goal is to always use the urinal that has the least amount of use, mostly for OCD-type reasons. [more inside]
posted by jabberjaw on Jan 6, 2012 - 45 answers

Potentially inappropriate religious blessings

Do you find it inappropriate for someone who is not of your religion to offer blessings from your religion? [more inside]
posted by Tell Me No Lies on Jan 1, 2012 - 34 answers

it's raining men

Invitations for a (co-ed) baby shower. [more inside]
posted by gerryblog on Dec 31, 2011 - 19 answers

Am I a total snob for being embarrassed by my friend's table habit?

Am I a total snob for being embarrassed by my friend's table habit? If so, how can I fix it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 29, 2011 - 58 answers

Hey you kids, get off my walkway!

Which pedestrians move aside while passing? When pedestrians walking at approximately equal strolling speeds in opposite directions are on a collision course, assuming each has a clear path to move aside, who yields? Help me not be THAT PERSON at the mall. [more inside]
posted by theplotchickens on Dec 29, 2011 - 40 answers

Hey, I don't really want to hug her, either.

Unwilling toddlers and forced social interactions with adults: is it OK to instruct your child to (for instance) hug Great-Aunt Maisie, when she'd prefer not to? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Dec 29, 2011 - 46 answers

cash as a gift in the US

Help me understand why cash is not considered an acceptable gift option in the U.S. [more inside]
posted by needled on Dec 24, 2011 - 37 answers

Money for the gun show

How much do you tip a personal trainer you see once a week. [more inside]
posted by Unred on Dec 17, 2011 - 8 answers

What to do when you get christmas cards, but don't send any.

I get Christmas cards. But I don't send any. How should I acknowledge receipt of them? [more inside]
posted by bluelava on Dec 16, 2011 - 13 answers

Respecting elders who are acting Unrespectable (Bar Etiquette)

An older gentleman who comes to our local often enjoys singling me out for loud and overbearing criticism, even when he isn't part of the ongoing conversation. I need a good turn-off phrase to de-fuse his little bombs. [more inside]
posted by halfbuckaroo on Dec 14, 2011 - 24 answers

What kind of gift should I get for my assistant?

Xmas gift for an assistant? [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on Dec 8, 2011 - 29 answers

Too sad to be good convo partner?

Ok, so I've been having this problem lately (and I think it's related to my recent depression) where I meet new people and kind of expect that I'll never develop any friendship with them, but then it actually does happen, and I realize in horror that when they bring up previous conversations we've had, I act completely clueless because I didn't bother to remember it in the first place, and they say something like, "Remember we were talking about how my mom lives literally right next door to you?" (seriously, that happened today) and I remember suddenly, but clearly have already made it obvious that I didn't remember it in the first place... That's been happening a lot lately, and I want to know how to recall what I talked about with people more. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 1, 2011 - 8 answers

I don't want to see your etchings.

Help me graciously decline an invitation to a guy's apartment in advance of our date. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 29, 2011 - 39 answers

How can I comfortably discuss my disabled sister?

How can I tactfully tell a large group of people about my disabled sister? [more inside]
posted by Flamingo on Nov 21, 2011 - 36 answers

Thank You Emails?

I want to send some post-interview thank you emails, but I don't have the email addresses of the people I interviewed with. Should I email the recruiting contact asking for the email addresses, or just leave it alone? [more inside]
posted by naju on Nov 21, 2011 - 21 answers

Clapping between movements

Re the decline of applause at symphony concerts: are there any classical/symphonic works that are still regularly applauded between movements, whether by convention or by spontaneous upwelling of feeling?
posted by flechsig on Nov 16, 2011 - 13 answers

Regret, turned down job offer, Will the hiring manager consider me for future openings?

Regret of declining a job offer, I want to know how the Hiring Manager perceived me? Will I be considered for future opportunity? [more inside]
posted by msconfuse on Nov 11, 2011 - 4 answers

How can I address communication problems with my mechanic?

My mechanic said my car would be done four days ago. It's still not done. How can I, or should I, address this? [more inside]
posted by stellaluna on Nov 7, 2011 - 12 answers

Karaoke Etiquette

Etiquettefilter: During karaoke, what's appropriate when a song contains, e.g., a racial slur? Should you sing the lyrics as written? Substitute some other term? Not sing anything? Does the answer change depending on context - i.e., out with friends in private room, friends in public room, etc.? Specific instances discussed inside. [more inside]
posted by slide on Nov 6, 2011 - 31 answers

Wedding invitation etiquette

Wedding invitation protocol question for the non-Martha Stewart demographic. [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone on Nov 2, 2011 - 10 answers

Throwing teabags in the sink? WTF?

Why do people throw teabags in the sink instead of throwing them in the garbage can? [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Oct 16, 2011 - 40 answers

Teach me how to treat every professional with the respect and conduct they want.

I know how to treat a waiter/waitress or a barista properly -- how do I do the same for my tech support guy, doctor, mechanic, tailor, or professor? [more inside]
posted by liminalrampaste on Oct 10, 2011 - 23 answers

To tip or not to tip

Corporate housing etiquette for morans... [more inside]
posted by shino-boy on Oct 7, 2011 - 11 answers

Help me to be more socially adept in business

How can I become more socially adept in business settings? [more inside]
posted by 3491again on Oct 6, 2011 - 8 answers

Don't want to wait any longer

What is appropriate etiquette for criticising a doctor's secretarial staff? [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Sep 12, 2011 - 13 answers

Etsy Etiquette?

Etsy etiquette for neg/neutral/positive feedback?etsy etiquette? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 4, 2011 - 14 answers

Should I feel bad about flirting while my kid is with me?

What is the etiquette for flirting when I'm with my daughter? [more inside]
posted by Capt.DooDooFace on Sep 4, 2011 - 20 answers

How to Cope with Overtly Bigoted Comment at Dinner Party?

How to Cope with Overtly Bigoted Comment at Dinner Party? [more inside]
posted by Jon44 on Sep 1, 2011 - 42 answers

tap..tap..tap...uh-hu...tap...tap...ok...whatever...

Is it rude to reply to emails and do other tasks when participating in a routine but important teleconference? [more inside]
posted by evil_esto on Aug 28, 2011 - 23 answers

And guest?

How do I RSVP to this wedding shower? [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Aug 26, 2011 - 10 answers

I seriously don't know how to do this.

A question about etiquette for freelance designers: [more inside]
posted by marimeko on Aug 23, 2011 - 5 answers

What is proper cell phone etiquette?

When I'm out with my friend and his cell phone rings which he doesn't want to answer, he sits there (with the phone within easy reach) and lets it ring until the caller gets voice mail (8 or 9 times, distracting and annoying to me), rather than mute the ring. Isn't proper "cell phone etiquette" when you're not going to answer your phone to at least mute the ring so not everybody around has to hear your phone ring a bunch of times?
posted by sfla_law on Aug 20, 2011 - 24 answers

What, Jane Doe doesn't get her own mention?

We're currently addressing wedding invitations. For reasons both personal and political, I really really hate the practice of addressing things to Dr. and Mrs. John Doe. Will it be stupid or scandalous or silly if we go with Dr. and Mrs. John and Jane Doe? Or just John and Jane Doe? [more inside]
posted by Hwaet on Aug 19, 2011 - 36 answers

How do I nicely say, ah, your dog, which is at our house, is not welcome at our house?

We have some friends staying with us tonight. They’ve just texted me to say they’re here, and they’ve brought their dog and they hope that’s OK. It’s not OK. How can I gently and tactfully communicate that I’m cool with it this time, I guess, seeing as it’s here, but would prefer the dog stay outside during this visit and that future visits are pet free? [more inside]
posted by t0astie on Aug 16, 2011 - 50 answers

Early for table reservation?

If you arrive early for a table reservation, is there a chance you can get the table then, or do you necessarily have to wait? In other words, have you booked a particular table which, if free, could be given to you? Is showing up early by 10 or 20 minutes rude or preferred? [more inside]
posted by JLMC on Aug 13, 2011 - 19 answers

I am totally not google-stalking you, but maybe I am. Kinda.

Everybody knows that people check out people they're interviewing with, but how do you bring that information into the conversation without sounding like a creepy stalker? [more inside]
posted by canine epigram on Aug 7, 2011 - 13 answers

Etiquette for China?

What cultural differences from the U.S. that should I be aware of and practice while living in China for a year? [more inside]
posted by melizabeth on Jul 30, 2011 - 12 answers

The bathroom is supposed to be my happy place, not your spittoon/shower/fartatorium

There are three things going on in the men's room at work that irk me. Fellow men, am I right to be annoyed at the spoliation of the safe haven that is the gentlemen's convenience, or am I being unreasonable? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Jul 28, 2011 - 98 answers

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