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Miss Manners: Your outburst won’t silence a child

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I was in the deli section of a store where you have to take a number to be served, a young woman with four children, one screaming …


Miss Manners: When a wedding isn’t a wedding

DEAR MISS MANNERS – How do you feel about a bride who has a bridal shower and a reception but a week later is not married? She and her groom …


Miss Manners: Use his name if she’s Mrs.

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I have heard you and others say that a woman should not use her own first name after “Mrs.” So Sarah Jennings, married to William Jennings, is …


Miss Manners: Vultures swarm after father’s death

DEAR MISS MANNERS: My father died after a short illness. Almost immediately after the funeral, people started coming to the door saying, basically, “Gee, I’m sorry your Dad died. By …


Miss Manners: Give gift presents, not cash

You would think that Miss Manners ran the billing department. Here is a small sample of the messages that keep peppering her inbox. “We are attending a wedding this weekend …


Miss Manners: Remove bad food the same way it went in

DEAR MISS MANNERS – What do you do when you take a bite of something, say meat, and it’s all bones or fat and you need to get it out …


Miss Manners: With friends, take turns paying the bill

DEAR MISS MANNERS: Since this is the 21st century and not the 18th century, I thought that perhaps women’s thinking had changed. Evidently, when it comes to spending money on …


Miss Manners: Tea time is not about politics nor gulp-’n’-go beverage

DEAR MISS MANNERS: Tea gatherings are becoming more popular, and I would like to plan a tea party. I have only attended one and would like to learn how to …


Miss Manners: ‘Double’ trumps ‘date’ when arranging car seat positions

DEAR MISS MANNERS – What is the proper seating arrangement in the car on a double date? My thoughts are the fact the date is “double” is secondary to being …


Miss Manners: How to share the news when you’re expecting

DEAR MISS MANNERS: My wife and I just recently moved back to my hometown, where my parents and family are well known. At first we were hesitant to announce the …


Miss Manners: Politeness on Internet less likely to elicit rudeness

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I learned the hard way the necessity of being very, very polite on the Internet. I made the mistake of pointing out in a chat room that …


Miss Manners: It’s a party, not a fundraiser

DEAR MISS MANNERS – My wife and I invited a number of people to a party on a Saturday evening in the party room of our downtown condo. One couple …


Miss Manners: Directions for handling GPS abuse

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I have a GPS navigator in my car, which I use when I am going to an unfamiliar location. If I have a passenger who claims to …


Miss Manners: Friends take ‘instant’ out of instant messaging

DEAR MISS MANNERS – When one signs onto any form of instant messaging and notices via one’s contact list that someone else is already online, to whom is the ultimate …


Miss Manners: No-show to dinner should apologize

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I belong to a group of families that have raised our children closely. The children are all young adults, in their 20s. We have annual parties for …


Miss Manners: Condense illness report at gatherings

DEAR MISS MANNERS: What can I do about friends who spend the bulk of our visits talking about illness? We are a group of six long-time friends between the ages …


Miss Manners: Mom’s envy reveals her dissatisfaction

DEAR MISS MANNERS: As a young child, my daughter Lauren was best friends with another little girl, Heather, and my wife and I enjoyed her parents as well, so we …


Miss Manners: No notice needed for self-congratulations

DEAR MISS MANNERS: The subject of self-congratulatory parties came up with a group of friends. We all agree that neither oneself nor one’s immediate family are supposed to host a …


Heed the ‘under’ in undergarments

DEAR MISS MANNERS – It seems I am in a constant scandalized state when I am out in public. Women of all ages and sizes seem to proudly display their …


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 …