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Miss Conduct

Whispers at work

Feeling put out by colleagues’ private talks. Plus, is it rude to correct someone’s spelling?

> I work in a very small, friendly office. Frequently people gather to talk at a colleague’s nearby desk. I don’t mind the background chatter, but what does bother me is when the conversation suddenly becomes hushed for several minutes, then returns to normal volume. I would like to say something, but don’t want to make them uncomfortable. Am I best off just suffering in silence?

E.B. / Cambridge

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