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Wednesday conversation: Karaoke dreamin'

Posted by Robin Abrahams  June 23, 2010 06:42 AM

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Have you ever sung karaoke? What is your favorite karaoke song? Have you ever been in a situation where you were peer-pressured into karaoke but resisted?

Miss Conduct's official recommendation on karaoke is "do it." Especially if it's at a work party, where you can show your team spirit and ability to take moderate risks, both of which are essential competencies in the workplace. If you really can't sing, go with "Rock Lobster." For one thing, it will get people dancing and they'll ignore you; for another, you don't have to sing it as much as yell random phrases like "There goes a narwhal!" at regular intervals. Even I can sing "Rock Lobster."

(Incidentally, the 2004 Ig Nobel Peace Prize went to Daisuke Inoue of Hyogo, Japan, "for inventing karaoke, thereby providing an entirely new way for people to learn to tolerate each other.")

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Welcome to Miss Conduct’s blog, a place where the popular Boston Globe Magazine columnist Robin Abrahams and her readers share etiquette tips, unravel social conundrums, and gossip about social behavior in pop culture and the news. Have a question of your own? Ask Robin using this form or by emailing her at missconduct@globe.com.
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Robin Abrahamswrites the weekly "Miss Conduct" column for The Boston Globe Magazine and is the author of Miss Conduct's Mind over Manners. Robin has a PhD in psychology from Boston University and also works as a research associate at Harvard Business School. Her column is informed by her experience as a theater publicist, organizational-change communications manager, editor, stand-up comedian, and professor of psychology and English. She lives in Cambridge with her husband Marc Abrahams, the founder of the Ig Nobel Prizes, and their socially challenged but charismatic dog, Milo.

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