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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 …


Miss Manners: Announce coronation to few

DEAR MISS MANNERS: Would it be proper to send out announcements announcing the coronation of my daughter being crowned Campus Queen for 2010-2011? GENTLE READER: Don’t the royal heralds do …


Miss Manners: Best bet might be to skip question

DEAR MISS MANNERS – What is the correct way to ask a woman if she is pregnant without offending her if she is not?


Miss Manners: Tidying beau’s apartment could be trouble

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I have been in a relationship with an absolutely fantastic guy for about six months. I regularly spend the weekend with him in his above-garage apartment. The …


Miss Manners: Outrageous question requires quick retort

DEAR MISS MANNERS: My wife has been getting more active with our first-grade son’s PTO. At a committee meeting at a member’s house, the woman hosting the event, in making …


Miss Manners: Contest sparks royal fight between sisters

DEAR MISS MANNERS: My immediate family and our extended family members went out to eat after my daughter won second place (princess) in a county fair competition. My sister was …


Miss Manners: Set some ground rules for household chores

DEAR MISS MANNERS – My girlfriend moved in with me and, overall, things have been great. She is a student and was looking for a job in the beginning of …


Miss Manners: To snippy students, say teacher sets rules

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I am a college professor at a small university, and I have had several students take a snippy, rude or high-handed tone with me. When offering a …


Miss Manners: There’s no right way to handle this situation

DEAR MISS MANNERS – What is the proper way to place your flatware in a flatware caddy? Handles down or up?


Miss Manners: Birthday parties a training ground in manners

DEAR MISS MANNERS: When I attended the birthday party for a 7-year-old girl, I was surprised to find that toward the end of the party, the parents did not invite …


Miss Manners: Teachers need lessons in junior high etiquette

DEAR MISS MANNERS – I am a junior in high school, and I try to follow the rules of etiquette (though I have often found them lacking in certain situations, …


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 …