Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Etiquette Wednesday

Q: When I’m near a person who is speaking loudly on a cell phone, what’s the best way to ask him to be quiet?

A: It’s hard to enjoy a meal, a train ride or any other activity in public when your ears are held hostage by a cell phone blabbermouth. Sometimes, a pointed look at the talker will get your message across. Speaking directly to the offender usually is not a good idea — it could lead to an unpleasant confrontation. Your best bet is to seek help from an authority — a restaurant manager, for example. He/she may ask the caller to move to the lobby or restroom area. If the cell phone user is on a train, speak to the conductor.

Q: What should you do if you’re about to introduce someone and suddenly can’t remember his name?

A: We’ve all been there — that awkward moment when we’re starting to make an introduction but can’t remember a name. Just say, “I’m so embarrassed. I have completely forgotten your name.” If you suspect someone has forgotten your name, one of the kindest gestures you can make is to extend your hand and say “Hello, I’m Jane Smith. It’s so nice to meet you.”

via Emily Post.

Pugs & Kisses,



  1. love this post. love it. once i was walking in the street here in the nyc and my husband called to tell me he passed the NY bar exam. I was thrilled. i yelled congrats and this little old lady yelled back at me that i was a rude, loud, obnoxious pig. nice, right?

  2. I love the tip about cell phones. Great advice!


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