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customs etiquette and manners

Social Q’s: Never Text Your Girlfriend’s Mom in Secret

Because eventually you’ll have to take a side in a mother-daughter argument, and no one wants that.
The Saturday Profile: An Arabic-Speaking Talk-Show Host Wades Into Germany’s Culture Wars

The Saturday Profile: An Arabic-Speaking Talk-Show Host Wades Into Germany’s Culture Wars

As the host of a popular Arabic language talk show on German television, Jaafar Abdul Karim has presided over thousands of difficult discussions.

Social Q’s: My Sister-in-Law Is Messing Up Our Financial Plans

When separate bank accounts support one spouse’s burden, are they really separate?

Social Q’s: White Privilege Begets White Privilege

A reader asks: Can I tell my friend that race should play a bigger role in her parenting?
Bye-Bye, Bathroom Attendants?

Bye-Bye, Bathroom Attendants?

Pat Velasquez, a bathroom attendant at the “21” Club in Manhattan.

Your Best Tips for a Better Uber or Lyft Trip

When we asked you for your best tips for better ridesharing trips, dozens of drivers and fellow passengers replied. Here are the best tips we heard.

Your Best Tips for a Better Uber or Lyft Trip

When we asked you for your best tips for better ridesharing trips, dozens of drivers and fellow passengers replied. Here are the best tips we heard.

He’s Not Ready to Move In. I’m Not Ready to Break Up.

What’s there to do when your significant other stalls on combining addresses?

Even Grandpa Is on the Apps Now

Should I tell my father-in-law that I caught him swiping?

Life Insurance? That Burns, Dad

Am I crazy to be mad about my father wanting to profit from my death?

This Man Has Got to Stop Looking in My Window

What should I do about his unneighborly — and unnerving — behavior?

Why Doesn’t He Love Our Kids Like He Loves His Nephew?

A reader feels slighted by her husband’s doting on another child.

Need Etiquette Tips for Cannabis? For Starters, Don’t Call It ‘Marijuana’ or ‘Weed’

In “Higher Etiquette,” Lizzie Post — the great-great-granddaughter of Emily Post — argues that it’s time for cannabis to move, in the public imagination, away from its surfer and “Cheech and Chong”

Mom, Can You Please Cover Up?

A teenage son is embarrassed by his mother’s sleeve tattoos.
Morning Coffee Results in a $1,000 Fine and Expulsion From Venice

Morning Coffee Results in a $1,000 Fine and Expulsion From Venice

Two German tourists set up a travel stove by the Rialto Bridge, one of the city’s main landmarks. The move fell afoul of rules to preserve “decorum” in the city center.
Morning Coffee Results in a $1,000 Fine and Expulsion From Venice

Morning Coffee Results in a $1,000 Fine and Expulsion From Venice

Two German tourists set up a travel stove by the Rialto Bridge, one of the city’s main landmarks. The move fell afoul of rules to preserve “decorum” in the city center.
Morning Coffee Results in a $1,000 Fine and Expulsion From Venice

Morning Coffee Results in a $1,000 Fine and Expulsion From Venice

Two German tourists set up a travel stove by the Rialto Bridge, one of the city’s main landmarks. The move fell afoul of rules to preserve “decorum” in the city center.

Permission to Marry? Is It 1950?

A reader wonders whether it’s better to make his girlfriend happy or adhere to an age-old custom.