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Knowing what not to say when someone has lost a job, or experienced other bad news, can be a helpful start in knowing what to say.
Friendly practices are always in order even as we face the conundrum of being hands-off, yet attempting to connect with people.
The choice to wear a mask is a source of current polarization. But polarization serves as an opportunity to re-evaluate our judgements and behaviors.
Teleconference job interviews still provide visibility to assess qualifications and your preparedness for the interview is even more noticeable. Are you ready?
We all are human beings, each deserving equal justice and treatment under our laws. And each of us is called upon to be a civilizing influence in our world.
In whatever form you’ve dated, now comes the challenge of not interacting in person. But virtual dating can be as exciting and effective as dating in person.
Today’s health and safety issues reflect concern about public policies and outcomes. And civil conversation can seem reserved only for those with similar views.
When greeting someone within a socially distant range, the handshake is (often awkwardly) skipped. But let’s not forget the other vital aspects of greetings.
As social creatures, we will find a way to meet and communicate even when distancing is the new normal. Video conferencing is a convenient solution.
Have you noticed a shift in tip amounts during the pandemic? As other rules are suspended, there is a consensus that standard tipping rules are also suspended.
When someone pushes an insistent viewpoint rather than discussing it to persuade, there is no element of satisfaction for either participant in the conversation.
Technology and public health concerns have redefined what it means to be neighborly. But there is still ample opportunity to be a good neighbor.
We have a built-in capability for sharing kindness. And when that kindness is genuine, any difference in belief or opinion is mitigated, even forgotten.
In recent years the family dinner has been hindered by family busyness. But for now, most everyone is home. What better time to revive an important tradition?
Even while socially distanced, there is still optimism among the fear and skepticism. It is this optimism that propels us to be recognizably respectful.
For most of us confined at home, family roles have changed drastically and feel weird. But there are etiquette tools to employ before tensions rise too high.
Shaking hands is the most common greeting and gesture of good will. But how do you greet people and welcome conversation while mindful of health concerns?
It’s human nature to feel hurt, angry and even a bit betrayed when someone lets you down. But despite these feelings, consider your emotions and keep control.
Napkins are an important tool on any table. More than a a piece of fabric, they prevent spill mishaps and serve as a signaling tool for hosts.
Americans eat using a four-step method, while other countries use two-steps. We Americans love our individualism, but why the difference in dining styles?