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Questions that have a specific focus on people in the United States, or American culture.

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How to get friend to pay me back a small amount of money?

I invited my friends to an event. It was sort of like a TED Talk. I bought all of our tickets and they agreed to pay me back. Unfortunately something came up at work and I was unable to attend. I was ...
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How to politely ask for a response?

I needed to discuss some matter with one person. The outcome of that is important for me. At the beginning of the week, I got an email where that person proposed several dates when we could have a ...
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How do I tactfully ask for my hotel room to be cleaned more thoroughly? [closed]

I am doing some temporary work for a few months and the company is paying for my housing in a nearby hotel. The room comes with typical housekeeping service to clean the sheets, bathroom, etc. I have ...
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Is it offensive for an American to use regionalisms when interacting internationally in business? [closed]

In my work, I spend a lot of time speaking with international colleagues from Asia and South America. I am from the United States. The English regionalisms I notice in these countries can be ...
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How do I request a different hairdresser?

When I get my hair cut I always go to the same chain location, because it's on my way home from work and convenient. I don't have a particular stylist, so I don't make an appointment and just walk in ...
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What's the best way to talk to/meet a woman when you're an introvert who is nerdy/geeky type person? [closed]

Context: I am an introvert; I would classify myself as a creative problem solver with a love for art/math/science. Specifically drawing, computer programming, solving mathematical equations etc. My ...
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How do I regain rapport with a recruiter whose phone screen meeting I missed?

Background Today I had a scheduling mishap for a phone screening with a recruiter. She had the meeting scheduled at 1:30 p.m., and I sincerely thought it was scheduled at 3:00p.m. I work in an area ...
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Man asking for food on the street would only talk to my girlfriend [closed]

While in Nashville TN my girlfriend and I were approached by a man asking for money or food. We were walking down the street and he approached us from my side and asked if we could help him. I ...
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Convincing Neighbors to Train Barking Dogs [closed]

Common problem, about 5 months ago I moved into a new house with next door neighbors that have a loud barking dog (actually 2 dogs ones older though not as much of a problem). So here's the breakdown ...
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How to deal with someone who seemingly only asks you loaded/leading questions in casual situations? [closed]

The subject says it all: There is no one specific incident I can summarize, but in general I have had encounters with people who endlessly ask loaded/leading questions and statements that are simply ...
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Girlfriend indicated that she wants to pleasure me orally, which startled me, now things are stifled

My girlfriend and I have been having sex for a while now, but I guess she wants to start experimenting in bed. I'm not sure if it's because she's bored or if it's because she just wants to let me ...
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How can I ask this girl out when she's giving me mixed signals (and other various obstacles)? [closed]

I'm going to try to make this short, but there's quite a bit of stuff to explain. Background information: Me: Male, 17, Junior Her: Female, 17 (assumed), Junior Situation: So, this girl moved ...
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How to ask friends and customers for business review?

I just started a new culinary business and it will make me look more credible to have more positive reviews and likes on my business facebook page but I don't get a lot of exposure so it's going ...
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How can I ask the people I helped prepare for a job interview if they were successful?

I am sometimes asked to help people prepare for job interviews. After the interview, I'm curious how it went for two reasons: If I'm helping them, it's probably because I genuinely want to see them ...
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How can I pursue a friendship by sending a reply to a mass email without having my intentions misinterpreted? [closed]

I recently got a very general “Happy Holidays” mass email from an acquaintance’s work email -- imagine a mail merge with “Dear MERGIE, Happy Holidays from everyone here at Acme Widget Co.” I am ...
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How do I meet new people in my new yoga class? [closed]

I have recently started going regularly to yoga, where there are a number of people that I find interesting and would like to get to know better, due to the nature of yoga I find that it would be bad ...
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How to ask friend for their honest opinion about my sending messages?

I have a friend of opposite sex. We see and talk with each other about once a week. Every few weeks I initiate an unsolicited conversation online (private message on social media). This person never ...
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How to address I'm sending a thank you card late

I recently got married a few months ago and received a nice gift from an aunt and uncle. We sent them a thank you card. Unfortunately, we had the address wrong, and the card was returned to us in a ...
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Dating under Covid-19 [closed]

My state (Massachusetts, US) is currently on lockdown. While the official policy is only that gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited, many people I know are entirely refraining from seeing ...
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How can I tell my father I have traded in my car for leased car without checking with him?

I have recently decided to trade in my car for a leased car. So far no issues. The problem is that I usually pass through anything I want to purchase with my dad. I am 30 and admittedly this may have ...
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How would one explain to a friend that even if they're accepted to a University, it's probably not a good idea to attend? [closed]

It's difficult to put into words without sounding mean or judgemental, but I honestly have no idea how else to put this. Just note that I only have the best intentions for everyone and wish for the ...
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How to contact to partner after breakup who does not want to talk [closed]

My partner broke up with me few days ago and it is very surprising and devastating for me. For last 6 months we were in a great relationship and everything was going good. So, a little bit about the ...
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Is it appropriate to offer speculation about a coworker's absence?

So here is a situation happened and that I basically answered sort of haphazardly: Coworker #1: hey do you know where coworker #2 is? Me: Oh they're out today. CW1: Do you know when they'll be back ...
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How to approach a narcissist parent about their unkind and unreasonable treatment of a sibling?

TL;DR: My dad is calling my sister an embarrasment while I'm the "golden child" that seems to do most things right in his eyes. My dad seems to not realize that me and my sister talk often, and she ...
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Band mates / roommates unwilling to share our rehearsal space and equipment

I'm a member of a band, band "A", which has played together for over a year. For the past year, band "A" has been basically the only musical project for all of the members. We just started renting a ...
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I'm younger - how can I get adults to take me seriously? [closed]

I've been in multiple situations where I feel like my age (early teens) or my height didn't really serve me well, whether in how the other person spoke with me (by which I mean attitude/tone), whether ...
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How to ask a C-level executive to fix their smoke detector?

A c-level executive at my company (US, ~300 employees) has a low battery in their smoke detector. While this person is on calls the periodic beeping is extremely distracting and annoying to me. There ...
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What kind of birthday gift is appropriate for a recent friend? [closed]

A friend of mine has a birthday coming up and I want to give them a gift. Given my history of poor gift giving, I am trying to put more thought into this. However, we've only recently started talking (...
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How to tell family Dr I am content helping my dad who has multiple health issues

This has been bothering me for some time now. My Dad has multimorbidity, i.e. numerous health issues that can be treated by being a self-advocate, and not giving up (it's easy to feel discouraged ...
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Should I let my wife's little brother win at chess? [duplicate]

My wife has a half-brother who's 14. He and his family live in another state, and we see them about one weekend a year. He also enjoys chess. Now, at the risk of sounding arrogant, I'm pretty good at ...
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Should you wish someone luck with a health problem? [closed]

For specificity let's say an acquaintance you don't know very well is dealing with a health problem (not terminal or debilitating) that they are undergoing treatment for and that you won't see them ...
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How to respond to a flat-earther? [closed]

I wanted to provide evidence for a friend who recently shocked me with her views that the Elon Musk car in space was a fake. My answer to her that I trust people who specialize in the field to know ...
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Etiquette question regarding conveying enthusiasm in email communications - used in academic settings

I have a friendly, close relationship with these professors - we are research collaborators and communicate daily. Our communication scope on emails is never personal, it's strictly about research ...
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Best way to advertise an outreach event last-minute [closed]

I work for a consulting firm and have planned and organized an outreach event at the suggestion of the managing partner. It will take place in a public library, in a meeting room. This is a free event ...
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How to tactfully refuse outsiders to stay in your home [closed]

I am in USA (2nd generation Indian American, if that is relevant) and have witnessed situations where person A let person B (A's wife's distant relative) stay in their apartment, but they overstayed ...
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Advice for making friends when moving from the US to the UK? [closed]

I'm moving from the US to the UK for my husband's job and I'm from Oklahoma/Texas/Georgia. So I'm from the part of the country that is loud, direct, and open about everything. Thus, I am worried ...
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How do I anticipate whether using the expression “of color” will be received favourably or not? [closed]

I am European, and I seem to understand that in North America it's particularly common to use the expression "Person of color" instead of, for example, "Black person". I understand that it's meant ...
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Whether to Initiate Contact With Barista [duplicate]

I frequent a particular coffee shop 3-4 times a week, and am pretty familiar with the baristas, as I see them often. I've noticed one of them, C, is flirty and playful with me, and seems genuinely ...
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How can I convince my sister's husband to switch to boxer shorts?

At a recent family gathering, my younger sister asked me for help. She and her husband have been trying to conceive a child but have been unsuccessful. After going to a fertility doctor, they got ...
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How to get my adult son to stop criticizing his Dad (me) [closed]

Here are three sentences describing what it is that I'm looking for help with: I'm looking for a way to get across to my adult son that I can no longer tolerate his abusive behavior (criticism/...
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How do I handle staying at friend's apartment in which the bathroom offers insufficient privacy? [closed]

I will be going on a business trip to the Chicago area, about 1 hour away from the city I think. My friend lives in the city and she has very kindly offered to host me for the weekend after and show ...
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Had coffee with a girl, what now? [closed]

An old friend and I reconnected and I asked her out for coffee for a chance to catch up. It wasn't a date, but more of an opportunity to see if we still had the same rapport that we used to have. I'm ...
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How to Apologize to a Professor After a Falling-Out? [closed]

Some background: Our falling out occurred when I wrote a letter to the department chair, complaining that her communications triggered an anxiety episode on a few occasions. This letter was prompted ...
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How do I return inedible foods and not be charged, without offending staff? [closed]

I've had difficulties at only Chinese restaurants in Canada, Hong Kong, US, UK whenever I must return dishes. Their staff vigorously defend the dish, counter and deny my observations, get angry and ...
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How do I deal with Americans who are trying to force me into tipping? [closed]

I do not support the tipping system. I think it's absolutely repulsive that restaurants don't just pay their employees what they ought to be paid, and instead have them relying on the whims of random ...
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What to do when another person believes that you are ignorant? [closed]

I just had a conversation with my father about a job application in which they wanted to know if I ever had any traffic violations. Now, as far as I can remember, I've never been busted for ...

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