Etiquette Tuesday: Loud!

[ 1 ] May 31, 2011 |


The loud talker.  Everybody has one…that person that uses their outside voice on the inside at all times.  I recently visited a restaurant with a friend who is always awesome company but does not have discretion in using that inside voice.  I even tried to whisper/lower my tone so they would get the hint to lower their voice…no such luck.  Outside voices are perfectly fine when in a bar, loud restaurant, etc. but when the climate is low tone voices, you should consider doing the same.  I have never been a follower but this is an exception.  When in Rome do as Romans do especially when the conversation leads to explicit subjects such as your sexcapades and drunken episodes.  Typically, you are trying to keep what you are talking about at your table private, not broadcast it to the rest of the restaurant.
It all boils down to consideration for the other patrons sitting around you.  Dining out is, for the most part, a time to let your hair down but you also have to remember it operates much like any other public space:  you have to share.  Sharing includes avoiding devouring the open air space with your loud booming voice.  Anyone who knows me can attest to the fact that my octave level is well above the average but I make an effort to consider the people sitting around me.  With that being said:  Inside voices, please.

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Johnna French is a Harlem NY native with deep roots in Panama, Washington, DC and North Carolina. All four places have heavily influenced her life and the foods she loves today. After graduating Howard University School of Law and beginning her life as a young professional in the city she was led to start Johnna Knows Good Food in November 2007 to keep family, friends and colleagues updated on where to go and what to eat while dining in the nation’s capitol. French, who still practices law, leads a team of three writers to cover the ever expanding Washington, DC food scene. French has been featured in print and television, appearing in Washingtonian Magazine and is a regular contributor to various local TV affiliates including WUSA 9, FOX 5 DC and WJLA (ABC Affiliate) News Channel 8. During the 2016-2017 football season, Johnna aired on Comcast Sports Mid-Atlantic (CSN) show, Redskins Life, as the weekly tailgate host. Johnna is currently a regular contributor to the FOX Baltimore Weekend morning show.

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  1. PLS says:

    What a great reminder! Very well put!

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