Office etiquette: borrowing earbuds, email misspellings, and loud cellphone games.

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March 27 2012 2:13 PM

Working My Nerves

Office etiquette on borrowing earbuds, email misspellings, and loud cellphone games.


Slate's tech columnist Farhad Manjoo and “Dear Prudence” advice columnist Emily Yoffe debate the question: Should you let a colleague borrow your earbuds even though you’re grossed out by the thought? Plus, our hosts tackle work-related email misspellings and loud cellphone noises.

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Podcast produced by Melonyce McAfee.

Farhad Manjoo is a technology columnist for the New York Times and the author of True Enough.

Emily Yoffe is a regular Slate contributor. She writes the Dear Prudence column. 

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