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How do I politely turn down requests to show wedding photos?

I got married recently and have changed my name at work. People have noticed and are now asking for wedding photos. How do I tell them politely that no, I'm not going to show them? Lying and saying I ...

united-states politeness coworkers saying-no  
asked by friendly 19 votes
answered by NotThatGuy 44 votes

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How to respond when a Doctor's Receptionist asks the reason for the appointment, after confirming appointment is made?

I have recently come across a situation that made me feel very uncomfortable, especially if it had been more of a personal issue. I contacted my doctor yesterday with pains in my hand/wrist as I didn'...

awkward-situations politeness united-kingdom professionalism  
asked by Clannagh 93 votes
answered by Summer 274 votes

Friend keeps making jokes about my ethnicity which are not funny

My parents are from India, but I was born and raised in the Netherlands (which is where I still live). I am in university and a friend keeps making jokes about the fact that I am of Indian descent. ...

india netherlands humor  
asked by Q.Q 76 votes
answered by wha7ever 128 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
answered by Val 149 votes

How to contact a girl whose number I got from somebody else?

Situation Some days ago I went to a concert of the band of a good friend, let's call him Alex. He and his bandmates, invited a lot of friends to support them. I know Alex pretty well since we've been ...

conversations awkward-situations germany phone-calls texting  
asked by Fimbulvetr 25 votes
answered by AllTheKingsHorses 32 votes

How do I deal with other people's screaming children in restaurants?

I want to start off by saying that I'm not referring to "family friendly" restaurants or other venues where a loud, informal atmosphere might be expected. I'm specifically asking about dining ...

united-states public-issues rudeness restaurants children  
asked by Beofett 103 votes
answered by apaul 125 votes

How can I try to get my coworkers to stop their jokes on LGBTQ+ people

Context I have been in this company for 5 months now and I'm sharing an office with four men (35 to 55 y.o.). They all are white, heterosexual cis men. For the record I'm a white, 22 y.o., ...

conversations conflict-aversion coworkers lgbt+ france  
asked by avazula 68 votes
answered by apaul 68 votes

Is adding “let me know if anything is unclear” to an e-mail really necessary or is it redundant?

(Note that I originally asked this question on the English Language Stack Exchange and was told that it belonged here (Interpersonal Stack Exchange), so I removed it from the EL SE and manually moved ...

politeness etiquette email  
asked by MusTheDataGuy 31 votes
answered by OldPadawan 42 votes
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