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Etiquette experts debate over moving past handwritten notes

TORONTO—Cara Paiuk and her husband, Alex, sent thank-you cards following their engagement and wedding, but she candidly confesses she's not a fan of the handwritten missives.

“Generally, I hate them. I don't do them,” says the writer and photographer, who hails from Vancouver but now lives in West Hartford, Conn.

Mark the season of romance with some special chocolates

NEW YORK — Got a chocolate lover? Why not mark the season of romance with something special just for them.

With an ancient love connection the Aztecs believed chocolate was an aphrodisiac and built-in marketing opportunities that include Valentine’s Day, the purveyors of chocolate offer their wares in a variety of price ranges, flavour combinations and just plain fun factor.

The kids are alright: ‘Youthquake’ is Oxford word of 2017

LONDON — Oxford Dictionaries recognized the power of the millennial generation Friday with its 2017 word of the year : youthquake.

Oxford lexicographers say there was a fivefold increase in use of the term between 2016 and 2017.

It is defined as “a significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people.”

Office holiday parties get another look as scandals continue

NEW YORK — With a series of high-profile workplace sex scandals on their minds, employers are making sure their holiday office parties don’t become part of the problem.

There will be less booze at many. An independent business organization has renewed its annual warning not to hang mistletoe. And some will have party monitors, keeping an eye out for inappropriate behaviour.