20-40-60 etiquette: Friend gets too personal

My friend embarrasses me when he tells stories about me, and I'd like it to stop. Features Editor Matt Price is guest as 20-40-60 etiquette offers suggestions.
by Helen Ford Wallace and Lillie-Beth Brinkman Published: September 21, 2012
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GUEST'S ANSWER: Matthew Price, Features Editor of The Oklahoman: Maybe just a gentle, “Hey, now, let's not be telling stories,” would give him the hint. If not, try to meet with him privately and share your concern. If he doesn't know he's embarrassing you, maybe just telling him what type of stories he tells that have embarrassed you will get him set straight for the future.

Possibly when you tell him a potentially embarrassing story in the first place, you could say, “please don't repeat this,” so that he'll have an idea from the get-go this is meant to be a private discussion between the two of you. If that doesn't work, you may have to be more selective in what you share with him.

Ask an etiquette question and get an answer from several perspectives: Callie Gordon is 20-something; Lillie-Beth Brinkman is in her 40s; and social columnist Helen Ford Wallace is 60-plus. You'll also find a guest answer. To ask an etiquette question, email helen.wallace@cox.net. For more 20-40-60 etiquette, go to blog.newsok.com/partiesextra.


by Helen Ford Wallace
Society Editor
Helen Ford Wallace is a columnist covering society-related events/news for The Oklahoman. She puts local parties online with daily updates. She creates, maintains and runs a Parties blog which includes web casts. She is an online web editor for...
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by Lillie-Beth Brinkman
Lillie-Beth Brinkman is a Content Marketing Manager for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. She was previously an assistant editor of The Oklahoman
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