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Miss Manners: Throw your party, no explanation needed

Miss Manners advice column for Friday, Dec. 1, 2017.


Dear Annie: Save-the-date card not followed by wedding invitation

Dear Annie: Three months ago, my husband and I received a save-the-date card for a wedding. After a few months, we learned through mutual friends that wedding invitations had been …


Miss Manners: Host’s request of steak reimbursement a shock

The time-honored notion that a host is someone who freely offers hospitality, with no more expectation than that of being a guest in turn, has been seriously eroded.


Miss Manners: Hearing aid adjustment needs no explanation

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I have started wearing a hearing aid, which has raised some new etiquette challenges. I use an app on my phone to control the way the hearing …


Miss Manners: Just order your favorite wine

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I am not a very big fan of most wines, but I do enjoy port. When I go out to eat, is it appropriate to order a …


Miss Manners: Declining alcohol need not be explained

DEAR MISS MANNERS: When my husband and I spent the day with his sister and her family, as well as with extended family from out of town, my brother-in-law made …


Miss Manners: Restaurant servers don’t make correct change

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I’ve noticed a trend when paying with cash at restaurants. It used to be that if my meal cost $16.32 and I paid with a $20 bill, …


Miss Manners: Bringing food is ungracious to dinner host

DEAR MISS MANNERS: For the last two years, my husband and I have hosted Thanksgiving at our home (about 16 people total). Every year he asks that no one bring …


Miss Manners: Just say no to office parties

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I am a project manager in a division made up of three teams. One of the other project managers is trying to force us to have monthly …


Miss Manners: Festive funeral theme seems out of place

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I have been thinking for some time about the “juvenilization” of death and the grieving process. I cannot understand what has happened to the solemnity, the gravity, …


Miss Manners: Dinner guests who do too much pose quandary

DEAR MISS MANNERS – I hosted a small dinner party for eight, serving the following courses: appetizer, soup, main meal, dessert. One of my guests finished her appetizer and, attempting …


Miss Manners: Deal with wedding, marriage with maturity

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I recently got married and, while I am happy that I got married, I find myself crying great big sobbing tears at the very mention of the …


Miss Manners: Busted by the Internet

DEAR MISS MANNERS – I attended a large wedding with several hundred guests, followed by a reception at the church. Several friends had made cookies and there was coffee available. …


Miss Manners: Leave job with dignity intact

DEAR MISS MANNERS: My husband is leaving – that is, he’s been railroaded out of – a prominent job as a public servant in a small town. He has been …


Miss Manners: Fork triumphs in flatware war

DEAR MISS MANNERS: Could you tell me if it would be considered OK to cut your steak with a fork? GENTLE READER: Certainly, but would you please first tell Miss …


Miss Manners: Gay man defends against busybodies

DEAR MISS MANNERS – I am a 26-year-old man living near my family, with whom I have very close relationships. This often brings me into contact with their friends, many …


Miss Manners: Blonde grows tired of doubt

DEAR MISS MANNERs: I have been blessed with natural blond hair my whole life. I am now in my 70s. I also have no gray hair. The problem? I have …


Miss Manners: Rude woman turns dude’s gig into dud

DEAR MISS MANNERS – On a recent vacation to a dude ranch, one evening’s entertainment was a gentleman singing songs and telling stories about cowboys around a campfire. An elderly …


Miss Manners: A lesson in manners for student abroad

DEAR MISS MANNERS: Next semester I will be abroad, living with a host family. There are some guidelines set up, like we cannot break things and must respect the curfew …


No poetry can ward off guests with sticky fingers

DEAR MISS MANNERS – We built a beautiful vacation rental home and spent a lot of time and money to furnish it with quality items so that our rental guests …


Miss Manners: Caveman manners best left unnoticed

DEAR MISS MANNERS: Have you noticed how many people do not seem to be aware of how to eat properly or how to hold an eating utensil? Whenever I eat …


Miss Manners: Love triangle offer was cue to leave

DEAR MISS MANNERS: When a woman is dating a man and he expresses great interest in her but tells her that she must also meet his girlfriend, what does this …


Miss Manners: Invitation seeks response, not critique

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I minored in French in college and still remember some of it. I live in California and interact only with strict anglophones. Sometimes when they e-mail me …


Miss Manners: Grandmother shower feels like a gift grab

DEAR MISS MANNERS – I am so flabbergasted by this I had to write. Have you ever heard of a grandmother shower? And what do you think of it? (Although …


Miss Manners: E-vites lack the tact of ‘cordially invited’

DEAR MISS MANNERS: Lately, I cannot tell whether I am being invited to a wedding or just being informed of one. I was told of a nephew’s engagement in person; …


Calling all cell users: Quiet down!

I was standing on a downtown Spokane corner this week, when a man walked up beside me and bellowed, “We have a problem!” I performed an involuntary standing long jump. …


Miss Manners: Readers caught in circle of rudeness

DEAR MISS MANNERS – I was treated rudely by a friend at a social function and told her that I felt her manners were sorely lacking. My friend replied that …


Miss Manners: Sending sympathy card to stranger not custom

DEAR MISS MANNERS: How does one address a person one does not know, or even has any vague connection with, on a sympathy card? I am often asked and expected …


Miss Manners: Victim of insensitive people is not alone

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I am a 30-year-old single woman without children. Two days ago, I received a “Happy Mother’s Day” e-card from an older couple who attend my church. I …


Miss Manners: Storming the castle should be avoided

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I am a member of several professional organizations, one of which has a conference every two years. It is the most expensive conference I attend, and it …