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Miss Manners: Accept loved ones’ nuptial invitations

There can be valid reasons for declining a wedding invitation. For example, that you used to be married to the bride or bridegroom and would have trouble keeping a straight …


Miss Manners: E-vites allow wishy-washy RSVPs

DEAR MISS MANNERS – In today’s tech-centered lifestyle, almost all invitations for parties go out via Facebook or e-vite. Both sites give you the option of saying “maybe I will …


Miss Manners: Rude politicians continue behavior that won voters

DEAR MISS MANNERS – The rudeness and bad manners that members of Congress engage in has gone too far. I do not believe any of those truces will last a …


Miss Manners: Facebook ‘friends’ bore with mundane matters

DEAR MISS MANNERS – What do you think about Facebook “friends” who post things that no one cares about, like “I took a nap today” or “I woke up feeling …


Miss Manners: It’s improper, as host, to toast yourself

DEAR MISS MANNERS: During the toast at a birthday dinner for a dear friend, the birthday boy was hesitant to raise his glass, saying he’d heard that you’re not supposed …


Miss Manners: It’s not OK to chastise strangers

DEAR MISS MANNERS – Is there ever a scenario in which it is appropriate to point out the bad manners of a stranger? What if the offense was so atrocious …


Miss Manners: Honesty can be cruel in breakup

DEAR MISS MANNERS – I have heard that breaking a date for any reason other than absolute emergency is unacceptable, but I rather feel that under the circumstances, keeping the …


Miss Manners: Artist abusing friendship

DEAR MISS MANNERS – Last year, while visiting a friend who is an artist, I expressed interest in a painting but did not commit to the purchase. This week, over …


Miss Manners: Two weeks is too soon for title

DEAR MISS MANNERS – The young lady I’m dating is upset with me because I won’t give her a title. I’m 34, she’s 27. We’ve been seeing each other for …


Miss Manners: Valentine could excite or put off

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I seem to be at the very beginning of what might be a romance, having gone on two fun and innocent dates. I know that you encourage …


Miss Manners: Reciprocity important when asking for favors

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I, like many, feel uneasy about asking for help in general areas of life. For example: rides to the airport, watching the children for an hour or …


Miss Manners: She who smelt it should hush up about it

DEAR MISS MANNERS: Please don’t think I am being vulgar, but I need the solution to an unfortunate problem.


Neighbor becomes Peeping Tom

DEAR MISS MANNERS – I live in one side of a duplex, the other half of which is occupied by what seems to be a nice, normal younger couple (low- …


Miss Manners: Fake friendliness no substitute for professionalism

DEAR MISS MANNERS: Has anyone else noticed the intrusive questions being asked by clerks or salespeople under the guise of friendliness? In stores or banks now I am asked: “How …


Miss Manners: Beware of ‘grief groupies’

DEAR MISS MANNERS – I recently became a widower following my late wife’s lengthy illness. After her diagnosis, we both had time to plan both her final arrangements and for …


Miss Manners: Rude request doesn’t justify curt response

DEAR MISS MANNERS: At the DMV for an extended wait to renew my license, I was reading my book and eating the sunflower seeds I brought to occupy my time. …


Miss Manners: Teen dance gets too hot

DEAR MISS MANNERS – We run a Cotillion Club for teens in our city. The boys are required to wear jackets and ties, but we were wondering if it is …


Miss Manners: Fan club must find different meeting site

DEAR MISS MANNERS: My husband is in the academic field. We have a friend/colleague (Mr. Smith), an acknowledged leader in his field who stays with us when in town on …


Miss Manners: Appropriate attire wearing on reader

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I realize that I am a dinosaur, but I am very confused by these new references to dress. We were invited to a dinner dance beginning at …


Miss Manners: It’s tough when good memories go bad

DEAR MISS MANNERS – I keep having this problem, but my wife says I am overreacting, and I want your opinion to settle this. With recent high-tech advances, people just …


Miss Manners: Donation as gift requires discussion

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I have always been a firm believer in donating to worthy causes when income permits; however, does this include using one’s tax deductible donation as a Christmas …


Miss Manners: Teach son what Santa Claus means to others

DEAR MISS MANNERS: As a child, I was raised knowing that Santa Claus was not real, and the “True Meaning of Christmas” was always emphasized. I received plenty of Christmas …


Miss Manners: Diploma belongs in the bathroom

DEAR MISS MANNERS: Where is the proper place to hang your college diploma at home? GENTLE READER: Wherever it will best remind you, rather than your guests, that nevertheless, you …


Miss Manners: Teen wants mom to stop whining

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I’m a 16-year-old girl, and while I love my mother, she complains about things WAY too much. And things I can’t help her with: how busy she …


Miss Manners: Keep jacket buttoned during interviews

DEAR MISS MANNERS – Is it proper for a lady to button or unbutton her jacket in a business interview? GENTLE READER – Madam, please! Make your clothing adjustments before …


Miss Manners: Time to negotiate phone calls home

DEAR MISS MANNERS – Besides using common sense, how often should adult children (in this case a son) call their mother? The son is 43 and lives in another state …


Miss Manners: Surprise wedding misleads no-shows

DEAR MISS MANNERS: My fiancé and I are planning a “surprise” ceremony during our Christmas party. We’re trying to word the invitations for minimal offense to guests who choose not …


Miss Manners: Sister imposes her issues on others

DEAR MISS MANNERS: My sister is 12 years older, and we get along well for the most part but have almost opposite personalities. While staying with her for Thanksgiving, she …


Miss Manners: Cutting the lady’s meat definitely not necessary

DEAR MISS MANNERS: My future daughter-in-law says that a polite date cuts the lady’s meat. I never heard of that. Is it true? GENTLE READER: Yes, if the lady is …


Miss Manners: Boyfriend wants stuffing without being told to get stuffed

DEAR MISS MANNERS: Is it rude to bring your own stuffing because you don’t like what the host is serving? (The “host” is my daughter, and my boyfriend is the …