Etiquette

Indian Etiquette: Things to Know before Staying with an #Indian Family

Indian Etiquette: Things to Know Before Staying with an Indian Family<p>Staying with my Indian family in Varanasi, I couldn’t have asked for a more …

India

8 Unwritten Rules of Boat Ramp Etiquette

If I were a betting man, I’d bet a bag of worms that you’ve uttered some not-so-pleasant words under your breath at the local boat ramp. It seems …

Fishing

4 Roommate Horror Stories That Will Make You Cringe

We've all had—or have heard of—that crazy roommate. You know, the inconsiderate, intolerable, clueless schlub who makes you question your sanity, or …

Love

Can You Host A Six-Person Dinner Party For Less Than £50?

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5 Ways to Avoid Getting Stuck with the Bill at Dinner

You can save your friendship and your wallet.<p>If you eat out with other people a lot, you may very well have <i>that</i> friend—someone seemingly forever …

Do You Have to Buy a Gift If You're Skipping the Wedding?

Plus other wedding gift etiquette rules.<p>A wedding gift needs to serve multiple purposes: You want it to say “congratulations” and avoid giving the …

Weddings

How To Not Get Arrested Or Shot In Pakistan

A trip to Pakistan is the adventure of a lifetime. Picture navigating the breathtakingly grand Karakoram Highway, or watching an ox race in Lahore, …

Pakistan

Ask an Expert: Virtual Reality with Sherri Smith

Are you having difficulty finding the right VR setup? Need an expert’s opinion on the latest and greatest?<p>For a time, we’re going to help you and …

Virtual Reality

Readers react to the ins and outs of tipping etiquette

Earlier this month, the Chronicle food staff compiled a guide to modern tipping etiquette, which in turn sparked even more questions and responses …

Restaurants

'Hit and Run' Etiquette in Cash Games

Playing cash games allows the ultimate flexibility for poker players. Unlike a tournament, you can leave or join a cash game at your convenience. …

Poker

Miss Manners: Best way to calculate a gift’s value? Don’t.

<i>Dear Miss Manners: Do you calculate the value of a gift based on its retail price or on the actual price you paid for it?</i><p><i>I work for a designer and have access to high-end merchandise at 25 percent of the actual cost. I can gift someone a $200 handbag that I purchased for $50.</i><p><i>Now, I do budget how</i> …

Libraries

11 Company Party Etiquette Rules You Need To Know Before Going Hard

Not your average day at work<p>The office party: an event so fraught with potential for comedy and catastrophe, there’s an entire Hollywood movie about …

Wolf of Wall Street

Don’t poke people in the eye with that golf umbrella — and other tips for a rainy day

On a day when rain is pounding the sidewalk and winds are whipping across the city, etiquette might not be the first thing on the minds of many …

Boston

Do We Really Need to Stop Using Exclamation Marks in Work Emails?

I like to think I'm a bit of a badass. (And I use the word <i>bit</i> very purposefully.) I've jumped out of a plane at 14,500 feet. I've lived abroad. I run my own business. But ask me to send a straightforward email to an editor without exclamation points and I start shaking in my proverbial boots. And …

Feminism

Urban Etiquette: Is it ok to cry at work?

<b>Dear Ellen,</b><p>Is it okay to cry at work?<p><i>Signed, J.</i><p><b>Dear J.,</b><p>Some etiquette rules are hard and fast, and easy to understand (though, admittedly, not always …

Urban

11 things that will make you sound rude in a job interview

You don't want your job interview to turn into a rude awakening.<p>One of the worst places that you can come off as disrespectful is in front of a hiring manager.<p>You want to charm and impress your interviewer, not turn them off with bad behavior.<p>Here are some particularly inconsiderate, potentially …

Employment

Japanese Manners Made Easy

Maybe you've been to Japan or plan on going. Perhaps you recently moved here, or it could be that you're simply interested in the country. Japanese …

Japan

Ditch the ‘glass of bubbly’ euphemism and be proud to serve English sparkling wine, say etiquette experts

For years party hosts reluctant to stretch to the expense of offering their guests Champagne have disguised the cheaper alternatives on offer with sundry euphemisms, such as "fizz", "bubbles", or "bubbly".<p>But according to those in the know it’s time we abandoned our coyness and proudly proclaimed …

Sparkling Wine

We Finally Got to the Bottom of Tipping Etiquette—Here's What We Learned

Raise your hand if you've ever wondered whether your tip was polite or rude, unfairly low or insultingly high (there's no such thing)… We'll be the …

learned

8 unwritten ‘rules’ when dining at a Russian’s home

<b>Rule 1 - Eat what you want, when you want</b><p>Russians are flexible about the time for lunch and dinner, and it varies from family to family, as well as from individual to individual. Restaurants serve different types of food at any time, which is not the case in other countries such as Italy, for …

How to Survive a Lavish Wedding

Like many a human who has reached a certain age, I’ve spent a lot of my adult life going to weddings.<p>They’ve ranged from a beach in the Dominican Republic to City Hall to the traditionally formal evening event, complete with passed canapés, ice sculptures and sequined gowns. Before one of those …

Weddings

Do Working Moms Routinely Break the Unwritten Rules of the Playground?

That’s the impression I get from some of the moms in my play group.<p>Some days, my local Facebook moms’ group is a helpful wealth of knowledge. Other …

Parenting

River etiquette tips for paddling in groups | GrindTV.com

<i>This story was originally published in Canoe & Kayak Magazine. Words by Kim Russell</i><p>River etiquette is just as important as table etiquette. Below are …

Fishing

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Here's What You Should (& Shouldn't) Put On Your Wedding Invite

In many ways, your wedding invitation is like a sneak preview for the ceremony: It's when crucial details — the time, date, and venue — are made official, and the tone for the event is set. From your invitation, your guests will get an idea of what style of celebration you're aiming for on the big …

Weddings

How To Avoid Awkward Conversations

Image: Mixmike/iStockphoto<p>At some point in your life you'll have an awkward conversation. Parties, networking events, they're all minefields …

Networking

What protocol is advised when meeting the Queen?

The Queen’s representative in Canada had had a brush with controversy after helping the monarch down some stairs.<p>David Johnston, the Governor General of Canada, admitted breaking royal protocol by touching the arm of Queen Elizabeth II as she descended red-carpeted steps outside London’s Canada …

Royal Family

What You Should and Shouldn't Do When You Go Out to Dinner with a Big Group

You need more than just a reservation.<p>Whether you and your seven closest friends are celebrating the fact that it's Taco Tuesday or you're meeting <i>all</i> …

Some guy is mailing ESPN anchors stern letters about their appearance and etiquette

Most people, when they see something on TV that bugs them, mumble something to themselves or the person next to them and then move on. Maybe if the …

How to figure out how much money you should give for a wedding gift

<b>Giving wedding gifts may require a brush-up on your manners. Shutterstock/Wedding Stock Photo</b> <b>The INSIDER Summary:</b><p><b>Giving cash as a wedding gift requires you to keep a few factors in mind.</b>• <b><br>How well you know the couple getting married and how much money you have will come into play.</b>• <b><br>Experts say you</b> …

Weddings