Eric Bergeson: Vexing etiquette questions
A question of manners: What is the proper way to inform a friend that you have already heard the story they have started to tell for the fifty-third time?
Equally vexing: What is the proper thing do when the look on the faces of others makes it clear you have embarked a story they have heard fifty-three times before?
Do you stop mid-sentence? Do you limp onward, hoping that the story will bear retelling?
As senility advances, these questions become more important.
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