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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; …


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 …


How to decline invitation politely

DEAR MISS MANNERS: My freshman daughter in high school, who is beautiful on the inside and outside, has received several offers to the homecoming dance at school. She said yes …


Miss Manners: For the ‘love’ of money

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I was invited to an event that the initial e-mail invite described as “an evening of love” with an acquaintance who is a news personality – in …


Miss Manners: Graduation event not for everyone

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I will get only six to 10 tickets for my college graduation. I have a clear list of whom I want to invite, but my grandmother keeps …


Miss Manners: Speakerphone spills too much information

DEAR MISS MANNERS: Is it proper to use a speakerphone when there are other people in the room or car? My husband has a hands-free phone system in his car. …


Miss Manners: Plenty of uses for extra rooms

DEAR MISS MANNERS: My fiancee and I were fortunate enough to buy a large house with several extra bedrooms. Is there a tactful way to respond to the inevitable questions …


Miss Manners, daughter have edgy side to etiquette

CHICAGO – Even from a distance, through a glass door, she’s instantly recognizable: the imperious gaze, the elegantly arched brows, the signature Victorian up-do that has graced best-sellers for more …


Miss Manners: Give gift of money without offending

DEAR MISS MANNERS: A dear friend of many years has fallen on hard times. She is a single mother and her son will be starting college in the fall. She …


Miss Manners: Husband wins ‘please’ debate

DEAR MISS MANNERS: My husband and I have had a long-standing discussion on the appropriateness and politeness of the phrases: “Please” and “May I.” I feel that the request “May …


Miss Manners: Gratitude according to the script is dull

How exciting is it to watch a long succession of people saying “Thank you”? If you are the adult supervisor of a birthday party for 5-year-olds, it is probably extremely …


Miss Manners: Locker blocked by swarm of preteens

DEAR MISS MANNERS – I am a 12-year-old girl in middle school, sixth grade. I have a locker right next to this really popular girl. Because she’s so popular, there …