Nose Etiquette


What Is Good “Nose Etiquette”?

This might seem like a bizarre question but it is something I have pondered over for many years and I am just seeking some clarification. Maybe it’s just me?

Imagine the situation…

You are chatting to someone and suddenly notice a “foreign” item on, in, around or hanging from their nose. It could be a bogey (booger), tissue, skin, an annoying long nose hair or anything else that just shouldn’t be there.

What should you do?


Do you tell them? Do you think about telling them, stop concentrating on what they are saying and then realise it’s far too late to tell them and let them go off out into the world with extra nose accessories?

If you are the person that is more than happy to advise someone that they have “a bat in the cave” how well do you need to know this person before telling them?

Here’s a situation I was in a few years ago. My colleague had some “stuff” under his nose and I was torn whether to tell him or not. In the end I didn’t. Later that day I was eating a large seeded bread sandwich which was delicious. Half an hour after I’d finished, I touched my nose and found a seed had planted itself at the tip of my nose. It must have looked like a little, hard, brown bogey!

No one had told me!

I tried to think of all the people I had spoken to after lunch who would have seen my unwanted nose bling. Is that “nose karma” for me not saying anything to my colleague?

What “nose” around, comes around!

Another thing…whenever I’m speaking to someone and they start touching their nose, I immediately become paranoid that there is something wrong with mine and once the conversation is over I either rush to the nearest mirror or if no mirror available I somehow use my iPhone to check my nose!

Is it just me? Am I just a little bit crazy? Should we follow this example?


What is good nose etiquette? See a bogey and say or no say?

I also did an Ask Reddit which you can see here – these are a selection of the answers…

Let me know your thoughts on good nose etiquette.

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