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Top new questions this week:

How can I stop my mom from targeting me to do the chores just because I’m a girl?

My mom is always trying to get me to do household chores like washing dishes, brooming, cooking, cleaning, etc. I hate that she is the designated person for doing chores in our household. I strongly ...

family conflicts chores help  
asked by Sarah 9 votes
answered by SZCZERZO KŁY 4 votes

What is the meaning of sticking out your tongue?

And why do children see it as a deadly insult? I live in France and I know that sticking out your tongue at someone is "not polite". But why? What is sticking out your tongue supposed to ...

france non-verbal-communication  
asked by Ael 9 votes
answered by Arthur Havlicek 4 votes

What to do about unhelpful help?

Sometimes when you ask for help, someone will offer a suggestion that not only doesn't actually help, but clearly would make things worse. Let's assume for this question the person genuinely wants to ...

helping  
asked by Finast 7 votes
answered by Arthur Havlicek 2 votes

Preventing strangers from touching my phone without causing negative response

The typical scenario is as follows. I go into a store and ask a question. During the conversation, I need to show them that they actually do carry an item I'm inquiring about (or maybe that something ...

politeness personal-hygiene customer-interactions phone-usage  
asked by Konrad Viltersten 3 votes
answered by Arthur Havlicek 6 votes

I don't want to make a free website anymore. Also concerned person may have signed up for auto-renewing hosting

Related to my last question, I'm trying to gain experience and a portfolio and offered to make someone a website for free. Things have not gone as smoothly as hoped for a number of reasons The ...

verbal-communication explaining work-life-balance  
asked by user30065 1 vote
answered by Arthur Havlicek 0 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

How can I politely ask someone to call me? (As opposed to me calling them)

I recently contacted a restaurant where I had a bad experience, and a manager got back in contact with me. At the end of the email, they said: I would very much appreciate the opportunity to speak ...

politeness email phone-calls  
asked by rintaun 6 votes
answered by NotMe 11 votes

How to let people know I don't appreciate being ignored in instant messaging?

When talking with people through instant messenger or texting, I find it rude when someone doesn't reply. The other day I had met up with someone I knew from school. He told me about a business idea ...

politeness boundaries texting chatting instant-messaging  
asked by pullover123 64 votes
answered by Ansem 162 votes

How do you deal with colleagues, acquaintances asking you for knowledge that you gained with months of effort?

I'm pretty sure that these are things that we all face. Let's say that you spent months researching about something (be it moving from full time job to being a freelancer, creating a website, starting ...

acquaintances  
asked by Mugen 95 votes
answered by Shyam Babu 63 votes

How can I politely ask my date to not use her phone unnecessarily during dinner, without ruining the night out?

When I am on a dinner date with a girl (generally in her early twenties), how can I politely tell her that I am annoyed and feel disrespected when she unnecessarily uses her phone to send text ...

united-states assertiveness  
asked by D.Hutchinson 100 votes
answered by Tom 72 votes

I'm 24 with a 4-year-old son. How to handle uncomfortable questions from people?

I'm 24 years old and I have a 4 year old son who was conceived by accident. I don't know about other countries but that's definitely not usual in mine (Spain). My son's mother and I broke up about ...

conversations awkward-situations politeness europe  
asked by Ander Juaristi 130 votes
answered by Kate Gregory 175 votes

How to set personal hygiene standards with my boyfriend?

I love my boyfriend very deeply, and we have an awesome relationship but as a person I struggle to bring up criticisms of others in my life without "downplaying" what I'm trying to communicate. For ...

relationships assertiveness  
asked by user18833 112 votes
answered by Pace 14 votes

How do I clarify that the gift someone gave me is mine when they are asking for it back?

I have a friend - let's call her Jane. Jane's a nice gal. We get along, meetup from time to time (when she doesn't decide to cancel at the last hour) and is someone I actually like hanging out with. ...

friends conflict-aversion gifts  
asked by trey 63 votes
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