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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

How can I improve my daughter's table manners?

How can I improve my daughter's table manners? [more inside]
posted by cheapskatebay on Jul 27, 2011 - 37 answers

Can I Still Have a Butler?

How would one successfully blend in with the rich? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Jul 27, 2011 - 46 answers

To use info from a girl's online profile in talking to her offline?

I've recently made chit-chat with an attractive barista at a coffee shop I frequent, mostly about the writing group I meet with there and a band we both like that she was playing over the sound system one day. This past weekend I signed into OKCupid for the first time in awhile, and she's one of the first matches that comes up for me. So now not only do I know that she's single, but that we both like several other bands, authors, shows and movies. We actually have a good bit in common. Do I exploit my new-found knowledge of her to make conversation in person (which is publicly posted, and it's not like I went looking for it), or do I message her on OKC in a "fancy meeting you here" sort of way? Which is less creepy?
posted by Zorz on Jul 26, 2011 - 40 answers

Should I acknowledge counsellor's situation?

My counsellor has experienced a loss herself. Should I acknowledge it? [more inside]
posted by amoeba syndrome on Jul 24, 2011 - 10 answers

How to Be Good to Her Under Difficult Circumstances?

My sister is being extremely difficult. Should I go to her wedding? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 23, 2011 - 59 answers

What should my next step be?

Job search, interview, etiquette question. Sorry for the length. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 19, 2011 - 4 answers

looking a gift horse in the mouth, or something

Should I ask my generous relative who is paying for our trip to have my own hotel room with my husband? [more inside]
posted by stranger danger on Jul 12, 2011 - 57 answers

Is it too late to mail wedding thank yous?

My wedding was almost two years ago, and I never sent out official thank you cards, because apparently I suck. I want to go ahead and send them out now, but would that be even more awkward? [more inside]
posted by crowyhead on Jul 11, 2011 - 41 answers

How do I deal with Racist friends?

What do I say to racist friends? A guy I know makes racist jokes, and I don't know how to call him on it because he's technically not disparaging me? [more inside]
posted by nickhb on Jul 10, 2011 - 41 answers

Is there any way to uninvite someone?

How do you uninvite someone to a party? Is it ever acceptable? [more inside]
posted by Hey nonny nonny mouse on Jul 9, 2011 - 42 answers

Keep my meetup from becoming a creepup!

Help me resolve my first Meetup group drama. [more inside]
posted by rouftop on Jul 6, 2011 - 20 answers

Job interview: too late for a thank-you note?

Have I blown it for good? Interviewed for a job 13 days ago and then followed up with a different interviewer 5 days ago, and neglected to send thank-you notes both times. No decision has been made yet -- should I just let it go at this point, or would I still be better off sending my thanks? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 5, 2011 - 9 answers

Will a proposal steal the bride's thunder?

Is it a bad idea to propose the day before (or the day of) my girlfriend's good friend's wedding? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 30, 2011 - 70 answers

Visiting during Ramadan...good idea?

I am thinking of visiting a friend for 2-3 days during the month of Ramadan. My friend may or may not fast this time. Is it bad manners to visit during this time? What are the things that I should and shouldn't do while I am there, if I decide to go? (And no, visiting any other time of the year or the next year may be out of the question. We are meeting after 17 years) Should I bring something over with me? (I will be flying there) Thanks all!
posted by xm on Jun 24, 2011 - 8 answers

Should I carry the purse?

Should I carry my co-worker's sister's purse? [more inside]
posted by amodelcitizen on Jun 24, 2011 - 19 answers

I am a horrible person: New Baby Edition

I flaked out on a friend's new-baby acknowledgment... for two months! Exactly how much of a transgression is this, and what (if anything) can I do to mitigate the damage? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 16, 2011 - 22 answers

Asking about names of people you know?

How to ask someone's name that you've known for years without sounding like a jerk? [more inside]
posted by udon on Jun 1, 2011 - 30 answers

Flashing hazards as you pass

USA folks. We are driving on mountain roads, me following you, you traveling more slowly than me. You kindly pull in to let me pass. After I pass I switch on my hazards briefly as I pull away. How do you interpret this? [more inside]
posted by Disco Moo on May 28, 2011 - 53 answers

tastes good but not in good taste?

Would it be in bad taste for me to bring wine to a dinner party hosted by two recovering alcoholics? I know at least 3 of the other 5 guests are drinkers, so it's not like I'd be drinking the wine alone. Should I just bring a plant?
posted by BadgerDoctor on May 26, 2011 - 56 answers

My fiancé refuses to let his parents help out with our wedding.

My fiancé refuses to let his parents help pay for our wedding. Should I say anything, or am I walking into a minefield? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 25, 2011 - 33 answers

What to take to boss's BBQ?

What should I bring to my boss's barbecue? [more inside]
posted by jackfruit on May 21, 2011 - 27 answers

Dog park/walks etiquette from a dog owner's perspective-- what's okay and what's not?

Large, sweet, excitable puppy. Meeting new dogs at the park and on neighborhood walks-- help me with proper etiquette! [more inside]
posted by mireille on May 15, 2011 - 23 answers

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