"Excuse Me, but I Was Next-- "

"Excuse Me, but I Was Next-- "

How to Handle the Top 100 Manners Dilemmas

Book - 2006
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A succinct reference to one hundred top etiquette questions counsels readers on the most appropriate ways to handle such situations as saying no to difficult requests, receiving an undesirable gift, and managing rude people. 75,000 first printing.


Have you ever been annoyed by cell phone yakkers, line cutters, or movie chatterers? Been confused about who pays at a restaurant? Received a gift you hated? Fumed over how to respond to a nosy question? America's etiquette expert Peggy Post comes to the rescue in this concise, readable handbook devoted to the top 100 etiquette issues everyone wonders about. You'll learn how to politely say "no" to difficult requests, how to introduce someone if you've forgotten his or her name, how to perform damage control for e-mail bloopers, and countless other strategies for handling life's awkward moments.

Additional highlights include:

Ten Conversational Blunders . . . Five Introduction Goofs . . . Top Dinner-Table Manners Goofs . . . Tipping Guidelines . . . A Family Gathering Survival Guide . . . How to Spot a Dud on the First Date . . . Playdate Etiquette . . . How to Be a Welcome Houseguest . . . How to Simplify Gift Giving . . . Dispelling Wedding Myths . . . and much more.

In "Excuse Me, But I Was Next . . . ," Peggy Post distills the essence of etiquette for today's world into the perfect portable book.

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Describes how to respond politely to annoying, embarrassing, or confusing social situations, such as "friendly" e-mail spam, regifting, and dealing with coworkers.

Publisher: New York : Collins, c2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060889166
Branch Call Number: 395 P8451e
Characteristics: xx, 282 p. ; 22 cm


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Jun 12, 2014

A great book full of helpful tips and insight.

Mar 30, 2012

Guidance for some excruciatingly obvious etiquette dilemmas ("Should I let my child be hit by another child at daycare?" "Should I send a prompt thank you note to people who sent me wedding gifts?") However, there is a tendency to accommodate the way things are done "these days" -- as if there weren't clueless and selfish people in the old days. Some of my faves: it's quite all right to wear bright colours to a funeral -- presumably, when you want to make that "hooray, he's dead" impression. By all means, women can wear black, or even white to a wedding "unless the dress looks like you're competing with the bride." Now why would you wear white to someone else's wedding, UNLESS if you want to compete with the bride? There is also a tendency to refer to older customs as "myths", and newer customs, if you want to call them that, "new attitudes." That low, clear sound you hear is Miss Emily Post turning in her grave.


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