Tag Archives: etiquette

Make It Stop: “Should I Leave A Sign In My Office Bathroom?”

Make It Stop: "Should I Leave A Sign In My Office Bathroom?"

Make It Stop is a new weekly column in which Anna Goldfarb — the blogger behind Shmitten Kitten and Shlooby Kitten — tells you what’s up. Want a fresh take on a stinky dilemma? Email anna@shmittenkitten.com with the subject “Make It Stop.” She’ll make it all better, or at least make you laugh. Girl Scout’s honor.

First up, we have a woman whose coworkers use the office ladies’ room like their own personal telephone booth (yes, that’s our own Amelia above, gabbing away)… Keep reading »

Pooping Etiquette
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Pooping At Work
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Poop happens. We want to know if you poop at work. Read More »
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The Top 10 Poop Bandits
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10 Social Etiquette Pet Peeves That Annoy The Hell Out Of Me

I’m the queen of petty annoyances. I get grumpy easily, and unfortunately this tends to occur about 5,000 times per day. Does this make me an approachable, friendly, low-maintenance person? No. It makes me a testy son of a bitch, but whatever. I’m old, so I’ve pretty much accepted those personal quirks by now.

I was thinking about my testiness the other day — specifically, the dumb little things that get me pissy an irrationally intense amount on the regs. Do any of these ring true for you? For instance… Keep reading »

Make It Stop: “My Coworker ‘Negs’ Me On Social Media”

Make It Stop: "My Coworker 'Negs' Me On Social Media"

Make It Stop is a new weekly column in which Anna Goldfarb — the blogger behind Shmitten Kitten and Shlooby Kitten — tells you what’s up. Want a fresh take on a stinky dilemma? Email anna@shmittenkitten.com with the subject “Make It Stop.” She’ll make it all better, or at least make you laugh. Girl Scout’s honor.

First up, we have a woman whose passive aggressive coworker who makes snide remarks on social media:  Keep reading »

Frisky Rant: Grownups Don’t “Shush” Each Other

Frisky Rant: Grownups Don't "Shush" Each Other

About once a week, I “work from home,” which really means that I work from a coffee shop near my apartment. It’s a pleasantly balanced crowd — the other young professionals tapping on their laptops give it an “office away from the office” feel, but the parents with strollers and groups gathered around tables remind me I’m in a public space. I get my best work done with a nondescript hum in the background, hence why I rarely work from my actual home in my pajamas. It’s easy — no, ideal — for me to block out low volumes of noise in order to concentrate on my work.  In fact, I actually listen to a coffee shop sounds “white noise” audio on loop when I’m at The Frisky’s office.

So it was with great annoyance that last week I had the misfortune to sit next to a woman at my coffee shop WHO TALKED REALLY LOUD LIKE THIS BECAUSE SHE HAD NO SELF-AWARENESS ABOUT THE SOUND OF HER VOICE. Keep reading »

Update: New Craigslist Posting Claims The Fat Woman On The Boston T Was A Bully

The saga of the fat woman on the Boston T line rages onward. Now, someone has written a new Craigslist missed connection post claiming that the woman herself is the bully, because she allegedly sat on a “kind, older woman” and the original douchebag target, effectively pinning them both down.

Here’s the new Craigslist posting, after the jump: Keep reading »

Frisky Rant: Asking Friends To Pay Cash To Attend Your Parties Is Hella Tacky

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Rules For Living
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Writing In All Caps
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Situations when it is acceptable/not acceptable to write in all caps. Read More »

The following is an etiquette question sent to one of my favorite blogs, The Kitchn, from a reader:

A friend just invited me to his home for Thanksgiving dinner — and asked me to pay $50 upfront. I understand that hosting can be expensive and I wouldn’t mind being asked to bring a dish, but asking guests for cash seems incredibly rude. Am I crazy to be a bit miffed? Has anyone else experienced this? If so, how do you handle it? Should I tell my friend that this is not the norm?

Of course you’re not crazy to be miffed! What’s crazy is that people actually do this. Keep reading »

8 Rude Responses You Hear When You Tell People You’re Engaged — In GIFs!

rude responses engagement

Congratulations, you’re engaged! You’ve decided to combine sock drawers and let someone use the bathroom after you poop for the rest of your life!

Now, I hope your arms aren’t too full because you’re going to spend the next few weeks holding your tongue. Brides- and grooms-to-be, “Congratulations!” or “I’m so happy for you!” is just too hard to say. I am truly sorry. Brace yourselves from some of these doozies instead. Keep reading »

A Fake Subway Sign That (Sadly) Should Be Real

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This woman gave birth alone on the subway at 1:30a.m. Read More »
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subway etiquette poster

You’d think that it’d be pretty obvious: clipping your nails in a public place, especially a crowded subway car, is a bad idea. Not just a bad idea, but also a very unhygienic one. And yet! People still feel totally comfortable doing things they should probably only ever do in the privacy of their own homes, under the veil of anonymity on public transportation. Some fed-up soul put up this subway etiquette poster reminding commuters that, no, clipping your rotting toenails is not appropriate public transportation behavior. As the sign notes, “it’s crazy that this even has to be mentioned,” and yet, unfortunately, it really does. [Twitter]

7 Ways To Play It Cool If You Encounter A Celeb In Real Life

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Rules For Living
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Awkward Moments
How to handle life's little awkward moments without a panic attack. Read More »
how to behave around a celebrity

Last night, I was lucky enough to have, literally, a front row seat to a concert by the jazz group Jon Batiste and Stay Human. I’m not sure how that happened to little old me, but I’m sure glad it did.  The concert was amaaaaazing and it was being filmed for PBS, so you’ll all get to enjoy it sometime soon.

Supposedly there were a couple celebrities in attendance, but the only one I recognized was the hip hop/R&B singer Eve. She’s so stunningly gorgeous in person that it was hard to miss her — especially because she was sitting at the next table. When it came time to leave the venue, my boyfriend, Eve, her handler/PR person/friend, and I shuffled to the elevator at the same time. But the elevator was broken, or something, so we all ended up standing squeezed in close quarters for about 10 minutes. Than, randomly, my boyfriend, who likes to tease me, said rather loudly, “ARE YOU NERVOUS STANDING NEXT TO EVE?!” Keep reading »

Situations When It Is Acceptable/Not Acceptable To Write IN ALL CAPS

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Everything that I say and write is important. Very important. Smetimes when I am writing and my thoughts are super, extra-important, I write it IN ALL CAPS for extra emphasis. Sure, I know some people read capital letters as “screaming,” i.e. rude. That’s especially true if you’re tweeting or writing an entire email in caps. But used sparingly, all caps work really well to denote enthusiasm, sarcasm, anger … a whole range of emotions that it is very important to express. Here are some noteworthy examples of times I used all-capital letters recently.

“IT LOOKS LIKE A BABY.”

— Texting a friend about Prince George.

“THAT FACE.”

— Emailing the entire Frisky staff last night about this baby ginger seal who was shunned by its mommy. (Winona responded, one-upping me, “OH EM GEEEEEEEEEEE.”)

Now, you might still be a little confused about when it is appropriate and when it is not appropriate to write in all caps to friends, family, and your entire office. Allow me to explain to you after the jump. Keep reading »

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