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Why It's Rude to Text 'OK'
You Can't Just Text 'OK'

You Can't Just Text 'OK'

Nick Douglas urges you to at least use an exclamation mark

(Newser) - Think "OK" and "Yes" are good responses in a text? If so, please use an exclamation point to sound more positive—at least according to freelance writer Nick Douglas. "Otherwise you might sound passive aggressive, dismissive, or angry," he writes at Lifehacker . "There's a...

A Pot Etiquette Guide, From a Somewhat Surprising Source

Primer from Lizzie Post, great-great-granddaughter of Emily Post, could be very helpful to a newbie

(Newser) - New to pot smoking? Concerned you'll embarrass yourself? Who better to turn to for advice than a trusted co-president of the Emily Post Institute —Post's own great-great-grandaughter, in fact. Yes, Lizzie Post has published a book on the subject of cannabis etiquette, appropriately titled Higher Etiquette , nearly...

Kanye Sorry for Behavior During Broadway Show

'Look up from your cell phone,' actor tweeted Monday

(Newser) - Kim Kardashian West was excited to attend the Broadway debut of The Cher Show, a musical based on the singer's life. Her husband was apparently less so, and he ended up apologizing for his fascination with his phone during the Monday show, reports USA Today . "Hey @kanyewest so...

Meghan Markle Closes Car Door, Internet Flips Out

OK, then

(Newser) - All eyes have been on Meghan Markle since her much-hyped nuptials to Prince Harry, with people commenting on what she wears , how they think she feels , and now—how she exits a car. The BBC and People report that the newest member of the royal family arrived Tuesday at London'...

Netanyahu Hosted Japan's PM for Dinner. The Dessert Stunned

Not in a good way, though, as shoes are looked down upon in Japanese culture

(Newser) - On Monday, Israeli celebrity chef Segev Moshe proudly posted a pic on Instagram showing off his latest creation: what looked to be a man's shoe filled with a "chocolate selection from the world." Per the Washington Post , it was Moshe's dessert offering for a May 2...

We're Living in the 'Age of Bailing'
We're Living in
the 'Age of Bailing'

We're Living in the 'Age of Bailing'

David Brooks laments how easy it is these days to blow somebody off

(Newser) - The era of insta-communication via text has had an unfortunate consequence, writes David Brooks in the New York Times . "It's clear we're living in a golden age of bailing." By that he means it's way too easy these days for people to make a commitment,...

Stop 'Phubbing' Your Significant Other

 Stop 'Phubbing' Your 
 Significant Other 

Stop 'Phubbing' Your Significant Other

'Phone snubbing' could be harming your love life: researchers

(Newser) - Cellphones may offer the ultimate communication convenience, but they could also be sabotaging our romantic relationships—via users who "phub" (phone snub) their partners, a new study finds. The study in the January 2016 issue of Computers in Human Behavior found that 46% of respondents reported feeling phubbed by...

Newlyweds Bill Relatives Who Missed Their Big Day

Family reunions are going to be awkward

(Newser) - "You've got to be kidding me." That was Jessica Baker's reaction to receiving a bill for the two herb-crusted walleye dinners she and her husband missed out on when they were forced to skip a relative's wedding at the last minute, KARE reports. The $75....

Yep, It's Rude to Use Your Phone at Dinner

Pew study identifies the latest trends in cellphone use

(Newser) - Most Americans—82% of us—say a friend's habit of burying his face in a cellphone has ruined a conversation. No surprise there, right? But even more Americans are guilty of the practice. A new Pew study of 3,217 adults finds 89% of people have used their phones...

2 Crazy Incidents Illustrate Broadway Menace: Phones

Including the guy who jumped on stage to charge his

(Newser) - Cell phones in theaters: After two high-profile incidents on Broadway, things seem to have reached a "tipping point," observes Variety . The first occurred when 19-year-old Nick Silvestri hopped up on the stage just before the start of Hand to God and plugged his phone into an outlet, not...

Restaurants Need to End a Rude New Practice
Restaurants Need to End
a Rude New Practice

Restaurants Need to End a Rude New Practice

Blogger: Don't clear one diner's plate if others are still eating

(Newser) - At some point, it apparently became protocol for a server to clear a diner's empty plate even if others at the table are still eating. Please stop, writes Roberto Ferdman at the Washington Post . The move makes slower eaters uncomfortable—you're going too slow!—and faster eaters...

Oops! LeBron Touched Kate
 Oops! LeBron 
 Touched Kate 

Oops! LeBron Touched Kate

She didn't seem to mind, though

(Newser) - Prince William and wife Kate met LeBron James Monday night after the Cleveland Cavaliers played the Brooklyn Nets in New York, and the NBA star accidentally breached royal protocol ... by putting his arm around Kate. As Time notes, the understood—even if not explicitly stated—etiquette dictates that when meeting...

McDonald's to Workers: Don't Forget to Tip Pool Boy
McDonald's to Workers:
Don't Forget to Tip Pool Boy

McDonald's to Workers: Don't Forget to Tip Pool Boy

As workers rally, tipping etiquette puts McDonald's in the fryer

(Newser) - Bad move, McDonald's? As fast food workers walked off the job in 100 cities this week amid demands for higher pay, the fast food giant thought it was a good idea to dish out some holiday tip suggestions to its employees—like how much to tip your massage therapist...

This State Swears More Than Any Other
 This State 
 Swears More 
 Than Any Other 
study says

This State Swears More Than Any Other

Ohioans aren't too polite on the phone: study

(Newser) - If you're easily offended, you may want to cover your ears during any business call with Ohioans. This is according to a new survey of taped phone calls—the kind with your bank, for instance—in which they warn you that your call may be recorded. During such calls,...

China's Rules for Tourists: Please Flush, No Spitting

Also don't pick your nose in public, says the Guidebook for Civilized Tourism

(Newser) - China's latest legislative wonder is calling for citizens to please flush, and refrain from spitting. It's all part of a 64-page Guidebook for Civilized Tourism, part of a new tourism law, that seeks to crack down on rowdy Chinese abroad to clean up China's image, CNN reports....

Rapper Meek Mill Sentenced to ... Etiquette Classes

Philly rapper told he needs training after fans threaten judge, probation officer

(Newser) - A judge does not like the way Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill is handling himself in the court room or on social media, and has ordered the rising hip-hop star to complete etiquette classes. The judge first told him to take the classes in May, after, she says, messages he posted...

Down With Wedding Gifts
 Down With Wedding Gifts 

Down With Wedding Gifts

Matthew Yglesias thinks we should give graduation gifts instead

(Newser) - The custom of giving wedding presents began when people were getting married quite young, likely broke, and in possession of few household goods—so why are we still giving them today? If anything, many of today's married couples are merging two households and have too much stuff. The tradition...

Kids on Planes: A Privilege, Not a Right

Parents shouldn't expect airlines to 'bend over backward'

(Newser) - An Alaska Airlines flight was recently forced to return to the gate just before takeoff, thanks to a screaming 3-year-old who insisted on lying down with his seat belt around his neck. The family was asked to leave the plane, and they're not happy about it. But instead of...

The Real Tribute to Great Theater: a Seated Ovation

Show your appreciation by keeping your butt in the seat: Ben Brantley

(Newser) - At one time, a standing ovation may have meant something—but lately, you can hardly go to a Broadway show without being forced to join in one. Almost every show "ends with people jumping to their feet and beating their flippers together like captive sea lions when the zookeeper...

New Phone Etiquette: Don't Call Anyone
 New Phone Etiquette: 
 Don't Call Anyone 

New Phone Etiquette: Don't Call Anyone

Phones are so smart now, we've stopped calling altogether

(Newser) - Smartphones are the most important accessories in our lives, good for doing just about anything—except actually calling people, writes Pamela Paul in the New York Times . In fact, phone use in general is way down over the past five years, reports Paul, so much so that when her phone...

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