The Etiquette Blog

The Etiquette Blog is dedicated to the Quest for Civility in the modern world. Our goal with each article is to answer your etiquette questions on table manners, your social life, the work environment and more.

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Is Chewing Gum Ever Appropriate?

Whether or not chewing gum is appropriate depends on its level of privacy.

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How to Avoid Rude Conversation Endings

Some situations call for a need to end a conversation before both parties feel ready. But how do you avoid having these abrupt endings come across as rude?

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Communicating with Someone Who Has a Hearing Loss

Over one billion people are deaf or have some degree of hearing loss. Odds are you know someone who is experiencing this.

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Why is "May I Join You?" Such a Powerful Question

“May I join you?” is an influential question. It is immediately friendly, but at its foundation it reflects understanding and consideration.

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Etiquette and Cultural Diversity

Technology and communication create boundary-breaking possibilities at an amazing pace. This trend calls us to celebrate cultural diversity and aim for acceptance and understanding.

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Ethics and Etiquette Go Hand-in-Hand

Both ethics and etiquette help us respectfully interact with each other. Both call on us to act morally.

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Tips for Remembering Names

Having trouble remembering names? Understanding and practice are the keys to helping the situation.

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The Difference Between Mingling and Networking

Whether you think of them interchangeably, mingling and networking are not the same thing.

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Remaining Etiquette-ful When Out for a Walk

Watching pedestrians navigate sidewalks and walkways makes it look easy and natural. While practice may make this true, there are rules in place to help keep you civil and safe when out for a walk.

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Why You Should Aim for Stress-free Meals

Any time a meal is shared, being relaxed is the desired state of mind. Creating a stress-free and happy emotional climate where positive interchange can occur is always the goal.

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The Food-Obsessed Dinner Guest

Most get-togethers center around fun conversations and good food. But when you host a food-obsessed dinner guest, there's a chance the lighthearted enjoyment of a meal could go right out the window.

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What Restaurant Servers Would Advise Diners NOT to Do

One point that comes up often in discussions with waitstaff is the behavior of restaurant guests. Diners, here are the things your servers would like you to know if only they could tell you.

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Making Etiquette-ful Hospital Visits

There are many reasons to visit a hospital, and displaying good manners are bound to make those situations better.

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How Not to Be a Jerk

No one sets out to be a jerk. But we all know one when we see one. And sometimes, after the fact, we know if we've been one.

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Etiquette is Not "Outclassing the Competition"

The promotional phrase, “outclassing the competition by learning etiquette” gives etiquette a bad name. Aiming to be etiquette-ful is not about positioning yourself to “outclass” anyone else.

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Using Utensil Placement to Send Signals to Servers

The only signals your server needs to receive via utensil placement is whether you are pausing during your meal, or whether you are finished with your meal. No other signals are necessary.

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What's Wrong with Licking Your Fingers or Utensils?

Some foods need to be savored. And when crumbs or a trace of sauce are left on your fingers, it needs to make its way to your mouth, right? Wrong.

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Who or What Comes First?

Etiquette is an information system that depends on knowing who and what comes first. With this information, the back and forth of human interaction is put into play.

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Using Tolerance to Maintain Civility

Tolerance involves the recognition that just as you want to be treated decently, others also want the same treatment.

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Women Doctors and What to Call Them

Women doctors have earned their title. Yet, there remains a double standard when it comes to addressing them with the appropriate honorific.

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