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The Etiquette Edge, 2nd Edition by Beverly Langford

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CHAPTER 6

Tell Me Less

Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid

An e-mail goes to everyone in the company, announcing the birth of a baby—and giving more than a few details about the wife’s protracted labor.

The woman who works on your floor corners you at an office party and tells you more about her dysfunctional relationship with her mother than people usually tell their analysts.

A loquacious manager turns small talk before a meeting into a play-by-play description of the ugly details of his recent divorce.

Perhaps the blurring of the boundaries when it comes to keeping some things private is attributable to the age in which we live, when exhaustive information on just about any topic is just a few keystrokes away. Social media enables us to reveal ...

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