Should College Students Be Suspended for Sending Stupid Emails?

Will any college male athletic teams be available to compete by the end of 2017? Last month, Princeton became the latest in a growing list of universities to suspend one of its teams as a result of sexually explicit emails sent among team members. “The behavior that we have learned about is simply unacceptable,” the school’s … Continued

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Are Women the More Apologetic Sex at Work?

“I think the deadline is August 22.” At first glance, this seems like a helpful and non-controversial sentence to include in an email to a boss. And yet, this is basically the response I received from my male boss after I sent it: “You think the deadline is August 22 or the deadline is August … Continued

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Handwritten Thank You Notes: In or Out?

Is the post-job interview handwritten thank you note outdated?  That answer depends on who you ask.  Five recruiting, etiquette, and H.R. professionals shared their view on this matter in an article with LearnVest.  The answer, it seems, depends on several factors—industry, age of interviewer, timeliness of letter arrival, and content, of course. Professionals in the … Continued

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The Lost Art of Letter Writing

When I think of Mr. Darcy, I think of letters. One of my favorite scenes in Pride and Prejudice is when he hunts Elizabeth down in a meadow, only to hand her a letter. She was on the point of continuing her walk, when she caught a glimpse of a gentleman within the sort of … Continued

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‘Look Up’ From Your Phone Before It Ruins Your Life

Social media has given people the opportunity to be more connected than ever. So why are we so lonely and more disconnected from real life than ever? Yesterday on the metro, I looked around – during rush hour – and not a single person was looking at anything but their phones. The train was packed … Continued

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3 Things to Know about Emailing with Busy People

Discussion of email etiquette pervades American discourse much in the same way as horrifying airplane stories. Bring up an “email gone wrong” situation at a party and except to hear about 20 others in return. This is not surprising considering email represents its own language which most people have only started using within the last … Continued

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Post of the Week

Check out Mark Tapson’s post on why it’s essential that we retain salutations and closings in e-mail to keep close social ties with one another.

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Lamenting the Decline of Digital Etiquette

At Acculturated we’ve often expressed concern about the decay of language and of human interaction in the accelerating digital age. But two writers elsewhere earlier this month made urgent pleas to hasten that degeneration. In his online Slate article “You Say ‘Best.’ I Say No,” Matthew J. X. Malady confesses to being so inundated by … Continued

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E-mails Gone Wrong

A few days ago an event happened that is analogous, for most of us, to scratching nails on a chalkboard. The event has to do with an infamous two-word action: “reply all.” At this point probably half of you know where this story is going. A nineteen-year-old student at NYU named Max Wiseltier got an … Continued

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