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.

A new article is posted each week. You can search the over 250 current articles by typing a keyword in the search box to the right of your screen.

Want these articles sent to you automatically? Subscribe to the RSS Feed by clicking the orange button on any page.

Explore and enjoy!

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.

Continue reading "Remaining Etiquette-ful When Out for a Walk"

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.

Continue reading "Why You Should Aim for Stress-free Meals"

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.

Continue reading "The Food-Obsessed Dinner Guest"

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.

Continue reading "What Restaurant Servers Would Advise Diners NOT to Do"

Making Etiquette-ful Hospital Visits

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

Continue reading "Making Etiquette-ful Hospital Visits"

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.

Continue reading "How Not to Be a Jerk"

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.

Continue reading "Etiquette is Not "Outclassing the Competition""

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.

Continue reading "Using Utensil Placement to Send Signals to Servers"

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.

Continue reading "What's Wrong with Licking Your Fingers or Utensils?"

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.

Continue reading "Who or What Comes First?"

Using Tolerance to Maintain Civility

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

Continue reading "Using Tolerance to Maintain Civility"

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.

Continue reading "Women Doctors and What to Call Them"

How to Avoid Dining Faux Pas

The best way to avoid dining faux pas is to remain mindful of others at your table. However, as with any occasion involving humans, orderliness is dependent on the behavior of each individual.

Continue reading "How to Avoid Dining Faux Pas"

Managing Office Gossip

There are many factors that can affect work productivity and employee morale. One of the biggest culprits is office gossip.

Continue reading "Managing Office Gossip"

When Curiosity Doesn't Include Sympathy

Etiquette asks us to show interest in others - to show curiosity. But curiosity with some sense of sympathy can negatively affect your interactions with others.

Continue reading "When Curiosity Doesn't Include Sympathy"

What's Wrong with "Just Kidding?"

The phrase “Just kidding” is many times preceded by an insult of some type. Even when it isn’t, you may leave people wondering if it was.

Continue reading "What's Wrong with "Just Kidding?""

Don’t Take it Personally

When you take things personally, you head in the direction of a negative reaction. Rather than let someone affect you this way, try these strategies to offset your self-talk from the start.

Continue reading "Don’t Take it Personally"

Etiquette-ful Reciprocity

You feel gratitude when someone extends an intentional good act toward you, leading you to extend a good act back to that person. This is reciprocity in action.

Continue reading "Etiquette-ful Reciprocity"

A Modern Definition of Etiquette

A definition of etiquette includes the ways we show up in our behaviors. At its core are the principles of good manners: respect, courtesy, tact, restraint, self-command, and responsibility.

Continue reading "A Modern Definition of Etiquette"

Giving Appropriate Compliments on Jewelry

A compliment on jewelry is meaningful. When a person chooses to accessorize with jewelry, they have privately, and perhaps subconsciously, made a decision about what complements their style.

Continue reading "Giving Appropriate Compliments on Jewelry"