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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 …


What happens in security stays in security

DEAR MISS MANNERS – Have I missed some change in the culture of taste and decorum in the last few years? When we leave work, the security checkpoint requires placing …


Blandly wish them well

DEAR MISS MANNERS: What is the appropriate form of congratulations for a couple who have lived together for many years and recently married? When I congratulated two such couples, I …


Get a whiff of these lack of table manners

DEAR MISS MANNERS – Is it appropriate to smell your food at the table? I grew up in the South and was told time and time again, “You can go …


Won’t-be suitor needs polite no

DEAR MISS MANNERS: There is a young man I met through mutual friends at college who has been asking me out. I considered him an acquaintance – an acquaintance I …


Colleague shows she’s no friend

DEAR MISS MANNERS: When I was laid off after six years, it was not unexpected – there had been a change of ownership over a year ago, and it was …


When rudeness escalates

DEAR MISS MANNERS – I foolishly did something I should not have. I’m very embarrassed to have made such an error, and of course have rectified the situation. Honestly, it …


Miss Manners: Plan for dream wedding leaves out certain relatives

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I am thrilled to be planning a dream destination wedding. We have picked a remote spot in an exotic location. We can afford to have a fabulous …


Miss Manners: Graduate dodges ‘smart’ comments

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I attended a selective technical school for my undergraduate degree and have encountered the same problem over and over again, ever since I graduated. Whenever someone finds …


Miss Manners: In room of 80, only one gets plate right

DEAR MISS MANNERS: Ever since I can remember, the salad plate and bread-and-butter plate are on the left side of the dinner plate. But at a wedding rehearsal dinner in …


Miss Manners: Bless the sneezer despite your doubts

DEAR MISS MANNERS: Of course, the proper reply to the all too common sneeze is a cultural issue. But many people are insulted if one does not provide the common …


Drop attempts to reconnect with ex

DEAR MISS MANNERS: My “first love” from my junior and senior years in high school was just heading off to Army boot camp when we broke up. Our breakup wasn’t …


Miss Manners: Guests treated as sources of income

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I received an invitation to a “gift card shower” for “a wonderful couple to celebrate their marriage and their new home.” There was no party or get-together. …


Miss Manners: Rattling mom takes a village

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I am 25 years old and currently pregnant with our first child. At a morning prayer group for the women of my church, my mother and mother-in-law …


Miss Manners: Are thank you notes for bonuses appropriate?

DEAR MISS MANNERS: The small company I work for hands out Christmas bonuses every year. The last two years I have been with the company, I have received a bonus, …


Too many gifts for thank you notes?

DEAR MISS MANNERS: My children, who are 6, 7 and 12, have three sets of grandparents, 14 aunts and uncles and eight cousins. We live a good distance from all …


Miss Manners: Give breakup inquirers new topic

DEAR MISS MANNERS – The holidays mean that friends and family fill each other in on the year’s happenings. For the last few Christmases, I have had the same boyfriend. …


Miss Manners: General rules offer exceptions

DEAR MISS MANNERS: My wife and I are both fortunate to come from large families with whom we love to spend time, and do so frequently. We are also blessed …


Miss Manners: Table settings should be logical

DEAR MISS MANNERS: My husband and I enjoy eating dinner with our children at home most nights. The children are generally charged with setting the table and clearing plates, and …


Miss Manners: Give thanks for family going home

DEAR MISS MANNERS: If I can contain my anger, let me relate the Thanksgiving Day “celebration” at our home, with my large family. Since there were more than a dozen …


Miss Manners: Ask friends source of misinformation

DEAR MISS MANNERS: When conversing, I find a new trend – more and more people making assertive statements about me or my family. The statements are not unpleasant, but they …


Miss Manners: To tell or not will make no difference

DEAR MISS MANNERS: A guest, who, like me, is a middle-aged bachelor (well, I am perhaps a tad beyond middle age, but never mind that) returned this summer – essentially …