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Etiquette and Languages observes how people relate to each other through behaviors and speech. Find information on topics like tipping, sign language, good manners and slang.

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What is common R.S.V.P. etiquette?

Responding to invitations promptly is part of proper etiquette. Learn about what common R.S.V.P. etiquette entails from this article.


The Words We All Misuse Quiz

 The Words We All Misuse Quiz

We've all misused words at one time or another, but there are some words that trip people up more than others. Test yourself at HowStuffWorks. See more »

10 Historical Words That Don't Mean What You Think

 10 Historical Words That Don't Mean What You Think

There is more than one historical word that people use incorrectly. View 10 historical words that don't mean what you think to get informed. See more »

How Code Switching Works

 How Code Switching Works

Code switching involves moving back and forth between two languages while in a conversation. Learn why code switching happens at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Is it rude to mention someone on a volatile Twitter hashtag?

 Is it rude to mention someone on a volatile Twitter hashtag?

Twitter hashtags can turn into Twitter wars. Learn whether it is rude to mention someone on a volatile Twitter hashtag at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Is it rude to point out someone else's rudeness?

 Is it rude to point out someone else's rudeness?

Manners are subjective — what you think is rude may not be to others. Learn whether it is rude to point out someone else's rudeness at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Is it rude to point out someone else's typos?

 Is it rude to point out someone else's typos?

Correcting typos is often unnecessary. Learn whether it's rude to point out someone else's typos at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Is it rude to leave your cell phone ringer on at the office?

 Is it rude to leave your cell phone ringer on at the office?

Leaving your ringer on at work is OK sometimes. Learn more about whether it's rude to leave your cell phone ringer on at the office at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Is it rude to knit in public?

 Is it rude to knit in public?

Knitting may seem like a harmless activity, but it's not always appropriate. Find out whether it is rude to knit in public at HowStuffWorks. See more »

10 Obscene Hand Gestures From Around the World

 10 Obscene Hand Gestures From Around the World

A friendly gesture in one country might be a highly insulting one in another. View 10 obscene gestures from around the world to get informed. See more »

5 Ways Etiquette Makes Life Easier

 5 Ways Etiquette Makes Life Easier

Etiquette isn't just boring rules. It can smooth the ride for all of us. See five ways etiquette makes life easier at HowStuffWorks. See more »