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Profanity and Grammar: Lessons From History

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 09.26.2012 | Books
William B. Bradshaw

The abundant use of profanity is one of the significant signs of what I call the "dumbing down of America." The excessive, needless, and inappropriate use of profane, coarse, crude, tasteless, and obscene language is becoming the norm.

What Is the Correct Protocol if a Friend's Wife Has Had Breast Augmentation Surgery and You Are Seeing Her Again for the First Time Since?

Quora | Posted 09.23.2012 | Home

This question originally appeared on Quora. By Suresh Koneru, MD - Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, This is a great ques...

The 8 Worst Superheroes To Take To A Restaurant

Food Republic | Posted 09.24.2012 | Home
Food Republic

I don't think I'd want to spend much time with superheroes or their human alter-egos. In fact, I think they'd be terrible to take out for a meal.

Queeries: Dealing With Restaurant Bullies, And An Update On Using 'Mrs. And Mrs.'

Steven Petrow | Posted 09.02.2012 | Gay Voices
Steven Petrow

When encountering rude or intrusive behavior in public venues, your best bet is to have someone in authority run interference for you. In a restaurant that's your server. A request (or threat) from the staff does the trick 98 percent of the time.

Are Nice Guys Really Unappealing?

Daylle Deanna Schwartz | Posted 09.01.2012 | Women
Daylle Deanna Schwartz

Courtesy, respect and confidence are attractive qualities. Going overboard to please someone isn't.

How Do Nice People Get Any Work Done?

Maureen Anderson | Posted 08.28.2012 | Business
Maureen Anderson

One of the bartenders in the restaurant where I worked as a cocktail waitress was amused by my inability to talk for the sake of talking. He thought i...

Ask Michael Cohen: How to Be a Good Guest

Michael Cohen | Posted 08.22.2012 | Style
Michael Cohen

Let me wipe away all those thank you gift insecurities so that you can enjoy your weekend without thinking that you are a cheap, freeloading guest, which I think your friends already know, considering the invite.

Office Netiquette

Sarah Alban | Posted 08.20.2012 | College
Sarah Alban

If, like millions of graduates, you're leaving a university this year to enter the workforce, you'll likely be among those sticking a toe inside an office at some point. What follows is a list of four introductory tips geared at today's emerging herd of office-goers.

Your Guide To Acceptable Locker Room Behavior

The Huffington Post | Sarah Klein | Posted 07.30.2014 | Healthy Living

When it comes to going to the gym, we typically encourage doing whatever feels right for your body. But when it comes to the basic dos and don'ts -- c...

Mind Your Manners

Maureen Anderson | Posted 08.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Maureen Anderson

I can't watch people at work without mentally trading places with them and wondering what it would be like to be them.

Mommy Knows Best: The Wordy Girls' Guide to Good Manners

Maria Tettamanti | Posted 08.06.2012 | Miami
Maria Tettamanti

My daughter recently turned five, which makes me think now is the time to instill some serious values in her. Good etiquette has been thrown to the wayside, so here are the The Wordy Girl's Guide to Good Manners.

The Word Young People Should Use More

Ann Brenoff | Posted 08.05.2012 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

I'd like to start a movement to bring Ma'am to every city in America, starting with my own. While I admit that being called Ma'am made me feel a tad older, the truth is, I am older.

Pregnant Women Deserve Courteous Behavior

Robin Wilson | Posted 05.27.2012 | Parents
Robin Wilson

Perhaps we all need to take a step back and remind ourselves that we all arrived on this earth through a mother -- and the basic humanity deserved by any visibly pregnant woman needs greater attention.

Pompus and Circumstance

Tracy Shaffer | Posted 07.22.2012 | Home
Tracy Shaffer

Delivered with aplomb, the speaker took an adeptly right-handed swipe at President Obama. The response from the crowd was a predictable smattering of applause and boos, and while most sat in stunned silence, I was flabbergasted.

To Boycott North Carolina Or Not? That Is The Question

Steven Petrow | Posted 07.17.2012 | Gay Voices
Steven Petrow

Why single out North Carolina, which is only one of 31 states that now have constitutional amendments prohibiting same-sex marriage? Most importantly, how would such a movement help to change the hearts and minds of the Tar Heels who voted in favor of Amendment 1?

The Trouble with Mr. and Mrs.

Nina Badzin | Posted 07.15.2012 | Parents
Nina Badzin

Does it bother you when kids call you Mr. or Mrs.? If so, why? On the flip side, if you're teaching your children to say Mr. and Mrs., how do you handle it when adults tell your children otherwise?

May, the Month of Moms & Mentors

Jodi R. R. Smith | Posted 07.10.2012 | Small Business
Jodi R. R. Smith

May is upon us, and with Mother's Day quickly approaching, it is the perfect time to reflect on how our mothers -- and other mentoring figures -- have helped shape our lives.

Having Top-Notch Manners Will Distinguish You

Malcolm Levene | Posted 07.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Malcolm Levene

To some, having good manners is akin to a "foreign language" in that they are not used to expressing gratitude, giving thanks and being polite.

'Eat My Dust, Hear My Drum': American Modesty Has Died. I Killed It

Peter Mandel | Posted 07.01.2012 | Home
Peter Mandel

Modesty has died. You hadn't noticed? Its quiet nature made it marginal. It caught a cold. It stayed in bed. Our fireworks and gunshots killed it off.

Toasting Etiquette

The Splendid Table | Posted 08.31.2012 | Taste
The Splendid Table

Should you drink if you are being toasted? When my mother toasted our engagement, I said "thank you" by raising my glass and sipping. My fiancé didn't drink.

'So, What Do You Do?'

Emile Hirsch | Posted 06.25.2012 | Los Angeles
Emile Hirsch

Is there really that much of a gap of conversation etiquette or philosophy between the East and West coast that one can't ask "What do you do?" to a new acquaintance in New York?

Becoming Goops

Sarah Alban | Posted 06.10.2012 | College
Sarah Alban

God knows how long I took forcing these words into a coherent blog. But for the love of everything you hold dear: Please speak English. Speak any language. Speak anything longer than three letters. Speak anything more sophisticated than a LOLcat caption.

Are TSA Agents Too Rude?

Christopher Elliott | Posted 06.09.2012 | Travel
Christopher Elliott

For those of you reading this who say it's unpatriotic to question the actions of an agency that stands guard against terrorism, let me ask you the following question: What if a real law enforcement agency or a branch of the military treated the civilian population like this?

Being Left Out Never Gets Easy

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 05.21.2012 | Women
Dr. Irene S. Levine

Should I keep reaching out or just forget it?

Leap Day Allows for More Mannerly Ways

Jodi R. R. Smith | Posted 04.29.2012 | Home
Jodi R. R. Smith

This is a Leap Year and therefore we have been granted an entire extra day to add civility back into our busy lives. How will you spend your 16 extra waking hours?