Apologies take a lot of abuse these days. But they’re an essential part of how we trip our way through the modern world.
A gentleman in 1720 could read Greek while mounting a running horse. Today’s gentleman reads GQ in the bathroom. From rapists to stylists, a history of the American gentleman.
Experts answer what they know. The Non-Expert answers anything. This week, we solve one of Earth’s trickiest mysteries involving bats, balls, and scuttlewicks.
Dear recent graduates: How you start an email reveals a lot more about your intentions than you know. Common e-greetings for etiquette voodoo.
Every form of communication deserves an etiquette manual, if only so we can treat our fellows better, even in 140-character bites.
We have something important to discuss. Are you listening? Oh, seriously, will you take out your earphones? Yes, both of them.
Americans find certain things familiar on these shores to be challenged overseas: love for peanut butter, Republican politics, and particularly the good old American handshake. A report from abroad on the challenge of kissing Margaret Thatcher.
You’re asked to buy an expensive, ugly bridesmaid’s dress, but aren’t invited to the shower. You bought the wedding presents years ago; they’re just in your closet.
A wedding invitation arrives without an RSVP card, and a bride wonders what to call a female “best man.”
If your guests are walking all over you, it may be that you look suspiciously like a doormat.
Why you can’t ask your wedding guests to pay for your mortgage, or their own drinks.
Why is that woman next to you gasping? Oh, dear. You seem to be stepping on her toes. You didn’t even notice, did you?