RadioBDC Logo
Dog Days Are Over | Florence + The Machine Listen Live
 
 
< Back to front page Text size +

Today's column

Posted by Robin Abrahams  September 30, 2012 11:58 AM

E-mail this article

Invalid E-mail address
Invalid E-mail address

Sending your article

... is online here. The first question is about confronting people who lie about allergies. Great fun, and topical, too, what with those pollen levels:
 
"Thou shalt take others' claims about their allergies at face value" is an ironclad rule of good 21st-century etiquette. If some inconsistency in a person's story makes you feel all Sherlock Holmes, you needn't blurt it out. Even Holmes didn't do that sort of thing.
He didn't, you know. Sherlock Holmes was anything but neurotypical, but his manners were impeccable, when he wanted them to be. That's the real test of a gentleman. 
This blog is not written or edited by Boston.com or the Boston Globe.
The author is solely responsible for the content.

E-mail this article

Invalid E-mail address
Invalid E-mail address

Sending your article

 
About Miss Conduct
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.
contributor

Who is Miss Conduct?

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.

Need Advice?

Curious if you should say "bless you" to a sneezing atheist? How to host a dinner party for carbophobes, vegans, and Atkins disciples—all at the same time? The finer points of regifting? Ask it here, or email missconduct@globe.com.

Ask us a question

Required
Required
archives

Browse this blog

by category