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How to apologize for the transgression of an acquaintance?

I recently went shopping with a girl who I met about two weeks ago. I will call her my friend to communicate the issue easily. We were exploring one of the stores, and we came across what appeared to ...
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Should permission be sought if someone's picture will end up on my online post about a restaurant?

Today more and more people are reviewing their dining experiences on such forums as Facebook and TripAdvisor. Many of these reviews include photos of their food and surroundings. Sometimes in these ...
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How to determine if someone is deliberately ignoring my messages?

Sometimes on either snapchat or skype (or any other instant messaging software) I will not get a reply to my message. It can be a normal message or question, and then they simply won't reply. I ...
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How can I respond to “It's because I'm <historically oppressed quality>” as a rebuttal to a request?

Occasionally I hear or encounter "it's because I'm <historically oppressed quality>" as a response to an objectionable request to the claimant. The claimant is usually a minor who in my ...
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Dealing with differences in fandom in relationships?

What are some methods for handling extreme fandom in dating relationships? The question arises with the new season of Game of Thrones, but I'd like to keep it a little more general. Fandom is a ...
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How to remind an instructor about a message I sent them?

I am currently having driving lessons, and my instructor and I communicate via texts in order to arrange our next lesson. He's always very good in replying, I often didn't have to wait more than 24 ...
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How can I deal with someone obsessed with me on a website? [closed]

Said person follows me around on multiple sections of a site downvoting me or un-upvoting me. Any attempt at asking a question gets targeted Pleas for support from the moderation get ignored out of ...
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How should one deal with overly familiar serving staff?

This question is very culturally specific to the United Kingdom. Social and age deference is waning in the UK, this may be a matter of personal opinion as to whether that is a desirable trend. Many ...
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Appropriate response to someone mimicking my accent in a mocking way?

While it has been said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, it seems at times to go too far with accents. I have read several articles which suggest that it is natural for people to ...
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How to talk to a dean about depression

So I have a meeting with the dean of my school later today. He's a really nice guy, and thinks pretty highly of me (so he's told me, on multiple occasions). We need to talk about the past semester, ...
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How to get a blind person's attention in a crowded public place?

A while back, I was sitting in a crowded train. Across from me was a blind individual with a guide dog. I noticed the guide dog was trying to eat a chocolate covered waffle and wanted to warn the ...
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How to respond to peer pressure without being excluded.

Often a group of my friends will leave a party to smoke cigars/cigarettes. I do not smoke and have no interest in picking up the habit but I would like to be included in the conversation that happens ...
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As an outsider to Korean culture, how do I work within the age system?

My understanding of Korean culture is that everyone basically knows everyone else's age. This is essential when speaking Korean because the language changes based on your social status. As an ...
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How do I become better on the phone? [closed]

Admittedly this is a primarily business-related question, since I'm about to enter the workplace, but it spans personal life too, so I am asking here. I hate making and taking phone calls. Whenever I ...
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What reply is expected to the query “How are you?”

This is closely related to the How to respond to "What's up?" post, but carries some different nuances. What is the best course of action when a casual acquaintance or work colleague ...
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Is it rude to ask a Lyft driver if I can play an audiobook? [closed]

My daughter and I have been listening to an exciting audiobook while driving (How to Train Your Dragon). I had to take my car in for repairs, so I plan to pick her up from camp via Lyft (a competitor ...
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How to effectively say “no” to being offered a dessert during a meal when everyone else is also having one?

Often when I go out for a meal with my mother and grandmother, we often go to restaurant with large side dishes and also large main courses, as a result I am usually full and don't want a dessert. ...
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How to enquire about someone after they learned bad news?

I learned a few hours ago that a friend's dad and step-mom had a life-threatening motorcycle accident. I enquired about his state through SMS (I'm in another country right now) as I think I would ...
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Inquiring about a colleague's retirement plans without seeming to be rude?

A colleague is nearing retirement age, and you are curious as to when they will take the step and what they plan to get up to. Your intentions are not self-serving beyond the fact that you will miss ...
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Saying “No” to someone who refuses to let up

I had an incident yesterday where it was late at night and an acquaintance/friend called me to come over to help him with a non-emergency urgent matter, so I told him I would love to help him, but it'...
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When is it appropriate to look into people's eyes while walking on street? [closed]

Is it normal or recommended to look into stranger's eyes when walking on a street, especially when it involves the opposite sex? If so how long and how many times you look towards that person ...
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Is it impolite to not use a religious honorific when speaking to a religious leader?

There are occasions when I have discussions with religious leaders (clergy and otherwise) of various faith groups. Titles such as reverend and rabbi, are generally applied to such individuals. My ...
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How can I distinguish between a person being humorous and non-humorous?

I have a situation where a person is telling many jokes, but the problem is it is hard to tell when they are serious. How should this situation be handled? They are an acquaintance that I work with. (...
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What does one do at a dance without a date? [closed]

Connected to my previous question, what do you do at a dance where you know very few of the participants and you have no date? What I ended up doing was mostly standing next to the DJ and modifying ...
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Does prefacing an insult with a “softener” make it any less rude?

Over the years I have experienced many people who believe that prefacing an insult or criticism with a "softener" makes the insult less rude or acceptable. Examples of this would be in American usage,...
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I have a problem with family members sharing my personal drama on Facebook

I have a Facebook profile and use it to have fun and keep in touch with friends. I do my best to keep personal drama off of my Facebook page, be it mine or another person's drama, it doesn't belong on ...
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Is it acceptable to call restaurant staff to take our picture?

Recently I was eating with friends in a busy restaurant, and I was surprised to see one friend call a waiter only to take a group picture of us. Is it acceptable to bother busy restaurant staff for ...
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Should I mention an allergy when turning down offered food?

I have an allergy to dairy, and I do not expect others to know everything that contains dairy. At work, sometimes people bring things they've baked from home, or leftover birthday cake, things like ...
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Does a greetings card require a return in kind?

Cards are sent, especially at "holiday time" (Christmas, New Years, and Hanukkah), with varying levels of intent based on the level of relationship. While some people send such "seasonal greetings" ...
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How to be accountable for your actions but not responsible for others' needs? [closed]

In Nonviolent Communication and other communication frameworks, there's the concept of having responsibility for your own feelings and needs. In other words, if you want something from others, it's ...
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How can I politely tell a defensive Stack Exchange user to use proper punctuation? [closed]

On a Stack Exchange site I moderate, there is one user who repeatedly uses commas instead of other proper punctuation marks in posts, and often writes simple walls of text. At first, people edited the ...
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When should I pay for dinner or drinks? [closed]

Too often I've been out with friends and one determines they should pay for the group. However, I've never actually done so. This usually happens when I'm out for a drink with one friend. When should ...
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How can I learn to be a good active listener?

One conversation skill I've heard about is "Active Listening". What does this mean? If people don't think that I'm a good listener, is this something I can develop? What are some specific active ...
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How can one handle an encounter with a beggar/homeless person? [closed]

I used to work in Downtown Orlando, which is notorious for its amount of people walking the streets no matter if it's day or night. I worked Downtown for about six months, and I started to notice the ...

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