Lizzie Post and Daniel Post Senning of the Emily Post Institute answer your questions about etiquette in the 21st century. Awesome Etiquette guides listeners through everything from traditional etiquette quandaries to newly emerging issues in the modern world. Want to know more? Click.


Episode #88: A Prom-Posed Problem

May 16, 2016 · Duration: 36:13 · Play

A shy girl just prom-posed to a boy she likes. And he said yes! But then he finds out the prom is on the same night as his mother’s 50th birthday. What’s a boy to do?

Episode #87: When ‘Nice to Meet You’ Isn’t So Nice

May 9, 2016 · Duration: 44:12 · Play

A listener is an attorney whose job requires meeting people during very difficult times in their lives. Dan and Lizzie help with language on how to greet new clients in a way that doesn’t imply: You’re getting divorced. Will you be using cash or credit?

Episode #86: It’s Just How I Was Brought Up

May 2, 2016 · Duration: 43:45 · Play

A listener feels like she comes across as being judgmental and reprimanding to her friends when discussing the manners with which she was brought up. Lizzie and Dan talk through strategies on how to talk about your upbringing.

Episode #85: The Grumbling Groomsman

April 25, 2016 · Duration: 39:51 · Play

A listener suspects that a groomsman invitation is less about friendship and more about compensating for a less-than-responsible best man. Communication has been spotty. Plus, the costs are starting to pile up. Is it too late to back out?

Episode #81: NBA? Nevermind!

March 28, 2016 · Duration: 42:53 · Play

A listener and her fiancé were gifted some basketball tickets, but the game was on a day she couldn’t attend. After the fiancé invited a mutual friend, he realized that he had the day wrong, and she could go. So, who gets the ticket?

Episode #80: Consulting an Authority

March 21, 2016 · Duration: 51:41 · Play

Lizzie and Dan hear from several listeners who might need to bring in someone with more authority. They tackle roommate issues, talking about people behind their backs, and when you’ve done as much as you can and have to consult someone else.

Episode #78: Johnny On the Spot (And He’s Not Leaving)

March 7, 2016 · Duration: 43:48 · Play

When a blizzard consumed Baltimore, a listener became frustrated when neighbors began claiming street parking spots after digging them out. So who has the etiquette right when reserving the parking spot you worked so hard to dig out?

Episode #76: Destination: Expensive

February 22, 2016 · Duration: 36:14 · Play

A listener has been invited to the destination wedding of a co-worker, and is concerned about the cost. Lizzie and Dan discuss whether it’s rude to force your wedding guests to spend a lot to get to your event.

Episode #75: The Mystery of the Unsent Postcards

February 15, 2016 · Duration: 33:34 · Play

Lizzie and Dan need your help with what to do! A listener bought an item secondhand, and in it has come across some items personal to someone else’s life. What should the listener do with the postcards in the book?

Episode #74: Gifts? Yes, Please!

February 8, 2016 · Duration: 36:50 · Play

A listener thinks that some gifts from guests would be nice at her party celebrating a milestone event in her life. But she’s worried that “no gifts, please” has become de rigueur on modern party invitations for adults.

Episode #72: Whose Invitation Is It, Anyway?

January 25, 2016 · Duration: 36:33 · Play

A listener is torn over her invitation to the wedding of her son’s childhood friend. The boys had a fight, so her son isn’t invited, but the invitation came from the friend’s mother, whom the listener has been friends with for years.

Episode #71: Is It Pronounced PWNHAMMER?

January 18, 2016 · Duration: 37:41 · Play

A listener isn’t sure about the etiquette of hosting online friends for a meat space get-together, and whether or not it’s okay to use in-game names instead of real names.

Episode #69: Keeping It in the Family

January 4, 2016 · Duration: 35:46 · Play

A listener’s young son was confided in by a friend on some family business. Should the listener now reach out to the family during their hard time, or stay out of it?

Episode #67: Shoes On or Shoes Off in the House?

December 21, 2015 · Duration: 38:18 · Play

Lizzie and Dan feature some of the extensive feedback they received on the great shoes on or off in the house debate. This one touched a nerve, and people offer some heartfelt perspectives from around the globe.

Episode #66: Awesome Holiday Etiquette

December 14, 2015 · Duration: 53:49 · Play

The holiday season can be a minefield when it comes to good behavior. Lizzie and Dan will talk with friends and special guests about etiquette throughout the season, including John Besh, Judith Hill, and Andrew Walsh.

Episode #65: ‘Tis the Season for Regifting

December 7, 2015 · Duration: 38:40 · Play

A listener writes in with one of the most blatant regifting stories ever told, spurring conversations about how to handle receiving a clearly regifted present, and how to avoid being tactless if you choose to do some regifting of your own.