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The etiquette of making (and keeping) a promise

The etiquette of making (and keeping) a promise

by Jay Remer, the Etiquette Guy A handshake is as good as a promise. Well, at least it used to be. I remember when I was a young boy my grandfather explained to me how business deals in the good old days were often concluded with merely a hand shake, which was as good as a signature. It seems that over time the integrity of this informal agreement has sadly all but disappeared. It can be very disheartening for someone who has honorable intentions to be painted with the same broad brush as the unscrupulous. And in our changed world people are skeptical. erring on the side of caution. The verbal promise sealed with a handshake is no longer the acceptable way.
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Tipping with comfort

Tipping with comfort

by Jay Remer Curious readers appear to be occupied with the subject of tipping; How do we graciously go about handing out gratuities, both in restaurants and other public establishments and also during the upcoming holiday season to individuals in various service industries who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to make our lives just that much more pleasant. Establishments might also include hotels, salons, taxi services and couriers. Individuals might include household staff - gardeners, housekeepers, pet sitters, trash collectors and newspaper carriers.
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I told you so! The etiquette of being right

I told you so! The etiquette of being right

by Jay Remer, the Etiquette Guy Lively debates are exciting, provocative and educational interactions, which challenge our intellects and enrich our lives. They also test our character and reveal our true inner spirit to those around us. Recently, my trusted British colleague William Hanson wrote a blog about the use of the word 'pudding' in England vs. the word 'dessert' used in the US (and most of the rest of the world, for that matter).
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