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Is Her Parking Ticket My Responsibility?

When are you obligated to chip in to help a friend? “Recently, a friend drove me and two other pals to an event. Afterwards we returned to find a parking ticket on the car’s windshield,” wrote a reader named Cynthia. “One person said that she would help pay for the parking ticket. I, too, said I would chip in,” Cynthia […]

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Please Stop That #$% Cursing

Where the hell do you draw the line against swearing? In one Massachusetts town, you’ll pay a $20 fine if you’re caught cursing in public. Residents of Middleborough, MA voted this week in favor (by a margin of more than 3-to-1) of imposing a fine against profanity, in an effort to crack down on people who curse loudly in public […]

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Six Pals Who Keep You Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise

Many people say that you need certain friends for certain phases of your life, or for certain purposes. And indeed, the more I think about it, the more I agree. I don’t mean that you should drop old pals or friendship (s)hop, but simply that every relationship has its place. The friend who is a great shoulder to cry on […]

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Stop Asking Me if I Got Your Email

The great thing about email used to be that I could send it whenever I wanted and you could reply when it was convenient. No more. “As our inboxes have become more demanding, we have all become less responsive — because we get so many messages it’s hard to keep up. But the harder it is to keep up, the […]

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It Wasn’t a Gift, It was a Loan…Now What?

This week’s etiquette question is from a reader named Lori, who wrote: “I lent an acquaintance a baby stroller more than a year ago. Although I don’t need the stroller right now, I did assume I’d get it back at some point…” “I’m starting to wonder if she thought it was a gift,” Lori wrote. “How can I tastefully inquire […]

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A Priest and a Rabbi Walk onto a Facebook Page…

“How do I deal with people who make rude or inappropriate comments on my Facebook posts (think: off-color religious or political jokes)?” writes a reader who asked to remain anonymous. “These are not close friends—sometimes people I barely know but am connected with online. I worry it’s offensive to delete their comments, but I don’t want other people in my […]

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‘Dead on Time, as Only the Dreaded Can Be’

Most party guests know how to interpret an invitation. If it says “starts at 7,” that usually means, “The host will be dashing around, attending to last-minute details until 7:15, after which she will be happy to see you.” But not all guests. This week’s etiquette question comes from a reader named JoanieK, who wrote: “Whenever I have a party, […]

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