Awesome Etiquette

Sunday at 10:40 a.m. on VPR
  • Hosted by Lizzie Post, Daniel Post Senning

Lizzie Post and Daniel Post Senning of the Emily Post Institute answer your questions about etiquette. From the most traditional to the unexpectedly modern the Posts tackle etiquette through the lens of consideration, respect, and honesty.

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Awesome Etiquette: It's Never Too Late

23 hours ago
A thank-you note should always be written in a timely manner but it's still appreciated even when sent late.
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An important task for a married couple to get to not long after their big day, is sending out thank-you notes to those who participated, celebrated and gave gifts at the wedding. But how long is too long to mail those cards?

Awesome Etiquette: The Art Of The Online Compliment

Aug 11, 2017

This week's question delves into the realm of online dating. A listener wrote in to ask how best to respond to the comment, "You're too pretty to be on a dating site!"

Though the person who sent it probably meant his comment as a compliment, there are better ways to compliment someone on a dating site that you haven't met yet in real life.

Awesome Etiquette: Explaining Your Decision To Give Up Alcohol

Aug 4, 2017
Giving up drinking alcohol is a personal lifestyle choice which requires no explanation to others; however, it may be useful information for someone like a dinner party host.
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Dinner parties and social events often include the consumption of wine, beer or cocktails. But when you make a decision to cut alcohol out of your life, how do you inform your circle of friends with whom you usually share a few drinks? What do you say if they ask why? And should you make a dinner party host aware of your lifestyle change?

Awesome Etiquette: Zip It, It's My Turn To Talk

Jul 28, 2017
Good conversation is an art but often difficult when the other person won't stop talking to give you a turn.
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We've all been caught up in a conversation with someone who enjoys talking a lot about very little and, often, about themselves. So how do you keep the dialog on-topic and the focus off of the other person?

Awesome Etiquette: When Real Life Relationships Impact Social Media Friendships

Jul 21, 2017
When you "unfriend" someone on social media, that person may not even realize it since these types of notifications aren't typically sent to users.
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Your best friend just broke up with her beau who you happen to be friends with in both real life and on Facebook. Now what do you do? "Unfriend" him or stay connected at the risk of ticking off your bestie?

Awesome Etiquette: It's My Party And I'll Swim If I Want To

Jul 14, 2017
With a little preparation, it's totally do-able to host a pool party AND enjoy time in the water without neglecting the needs of your guests.
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So you're throwing a pool party. The guests are on their way, food is prepped, drinks are chilled and the pH balance in the pool is perfect. It's going to be a great time! But, wait. How can you enjoy all the fun you've planned when you're the host? 

Awesome Etiquette: The Private Guest List

Jul 7, 2017
Private guest lists sent on-line allow attendees to know who is and is not invited to an event.
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If you've ever been invited to a party only to find out that a close friend was not, it could make for an uncomfortable moment. But the private guest list could help avoid that sort of situation.

Awesome Etiquette: For Crying Out Loud, Get Up And Say Hello!

Jun 30, 2017
There's nothing wrong with relaxing on the couch but, when a guest arrives,  always be sure to get up to say hello.
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You finally have some highly coveted down-time on the couch when, all of a sudden, a friend of your spouse arrives and you're faced with the decision of staying horizontal or getting up to say hello.

Awesome Etiquette: I Love You But, Sorry, That's My Food

Jun 22, 2017
Regardless of your relationship, always ask before taking food from someone else's plate.
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No matter how long you've been with your spouse or partner, there's still a protocol for sharing food.

Awesome Etiquette: Open Discussions About Odors

Jun 15, 2017

This week's episode tackles a two-fold issue: a dog odor at a family member's house and declining an invitation to return to the less than aromatic abode.

Awesome Etiquette: The Cost For Cat Sitting

Jun 9, 2017
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You've got a cat, friends who also have cats, and an arrangement. The arrangement is that your friends cat sit while you're away and you return the favor when they're out of town. So is it necessary to offer a gift or money as a thank you?

Awesome Etiquette: What To Do Between A Wedding Ceremony And Reception

Jun 2, 2017

When a wedding reception takes place many hours after the ceremony AND in another town, is it okay to skip the reception?

Awesome Etiquette: How To Spit The Pit

May 21, 2017
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Let's jump right into the pit of etiquette and tackle the issue of properly eating olives with pits while dining with others.

Awesome Etiquette: Wait, Is This A Date?

May 12, 2017
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This time, we field a question about whether or not an invitation to join a friend for a drink or to attend a movie, is really a request for a date.

Awesome Etiquette: Fork Or Fingers

May 4, 2017

When feasting on foods like fried chicken, pork chops or lamb chops, is it okay to eat with your fingers?

Awesome Etiquette: Wedding Gift Protocol For The 'B' Crowd

Apr 28, 2017

When holding a second, informal wedding reception for friends or family not invited to an out-of-town wedding, is it okay to include the gift registry on the invitation?

Awesome Etiquette: How To Extract Yourself From A Dull Dinner Party

Apr 20, 2017
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Let's be honest — not all dinner parties are great. The fun-factor might be low and the food could be subpar. So how do you know when to make an exit without making it seem as though you're rushing out the door?

Awesome Etiquette: What To Do If Your Cat Is Cheating

Apr 14, 2017
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In this episode of Awesome Etiquette, we tackle the issue of a roaming cat that cozies up with neighbors and even stays with them for dinner!

Awesome Etiquette: Should You Reply To An Email You're CC'd On?

Apr 7, 2017
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Chances are you've been "cc'd" on an e-mail message at work. But is it okay to reply to the group if your name is not in the "to" field?

Awesome Etiquette: Re-Gifting Nightmares

Mar 31, 2017
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Most of us have re-gifted a present we didn't like or need. But in this episode of Awesome Etiquette, we hear a tale of re-gifting that backfired.

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