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Oversharing: When Couples Tweet Too Much

Singer Rosanne Cash got in trouble recently for tweeting that her husband was napping. “Don’t’ tell people I’m taking a nap!” he said, really annoyed. That story and others, reported today in the New York Times, describes a modern etiquette problem that can derail romance: oversharing. Before the days of Facebook and Twitter and Tumblr, it wasn’t so easy to blithely […]

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How to Correct a Co-Worker’s Grammar

How do you deal with co-workers who use bad grammar? This week’s etiquette question comes from a reader named Jbala17, who wonders why her subtle attempts to correct her colleagues have gotten her nowhere. “These are educated people,” Jbala17, wrote. “I have tried to re-word their statements using proper grammar and then repeat them back to them, to no avail. […]

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Neighbors’ Laundry Left in the Machine…Again. Now What?

This week’s etiquette question comes from a reader named Kathleyn, who lives in a small apartment building where neighbors often forget to retrieve clothes from the shared, coin-op laundry machine in the basement. “Sometimes I wait hours, even days, for the machine to be free,” Kathleyn writes. “Is it OK,to take their clothes out, after a certain amount of time […]

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Email Wedding Invitations: ‘Reply All’ to RSVP?

More and more people are skipping paper wedding invitations to send email instead. A new article (written by one of my students at Columbia University) describes the trend: “There are good reasons a growing number of couples go digital when they send wedding invitations: It saves money, reduces your carbon footprint and can efficiently reach friends scattered around the world,” […]

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No One Offered to Throw a Shower? Plan Your Own

A couple of readers have said they disagree (thanks for writing, ngarner29 and ynwa098) with my opinion that it’s perfectly fine to throw your own party to celebrate your wedding or new baby: ynwa098: I am simply stunned by your statement in the April issue of Real Simple that it’s appropriate to throw your own shower. This is NEVER appropriate, […]

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Can Men and Women Be Friends Without ‘the Sex Part’ Getting in the Way?

A few of us at Real Simple were recently having a discussion about whether heterosexual men and women can ever be “just friends.”  Our conclusion? We couldn’t reach one. Some editors thought it was perfectly normal in a modern, enlightened world for men and women to be pals. Others, perhaps more cynical, quoted the famous line from ”When  Harry Met […]

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A Nice Problem to Have: Both Families Want to Pay for the Wedding

This week’s etiquette question comes from a reader named Mike66, who is getting married – congratulations! – and already finds himself in the middle of a skirmish between the in laws over cash. But it’s not the usual fight over who has to pay… In this case, the bride’s family was planning to foot the bill for the wedding and reception. […]

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