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‘Friends’ hound ill woman for wedding present

DEAR MISS MANNERS: Several years ago, I volunteered at an elementary school and became friendly with a mother and son who both taught there. My health has since deteriorated to …


Miss Manners: When whole family wants to know health details

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I have a serious, but probably (hopefully) not dangerous medical condition (a benign inoperable brain tumor, if you must know). I am receiving radiation therapy for it. …


Miss Manners: Celebration hard for cash-strapped

DEAR MISS MANNERS: We are gathering for dinner to celebrate a friend’s last night in town, as she is moving away. The host is expecting us all to pitch in …


Miss Manners: ‘Goody bags’ at funeral creepy

DEAR MISS MANNERS: A friend recently attended the funeral of an acquaintance. During the service, silver trays were passed with small silk bags on them, and each guest was encouraged …


Refer to letter writers’ comments unedited

DEAR MISS MANNERS: As the communications director for a government agency, I respond to written constituent inquiries. In an effort to personalize my responses, I often excerpt from the original …


Miss Manners: Please leave a message – that I’ll never listen to

DEAR MISS MANNERS: A few months ago, I needed to call my former wife on a matter of some importance (fortunately not an emergency) concerning our children. She was not …


Miss Manners: Dress color custom not meant strictly

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I’m pleased to note how consideration for others seems to be the guiding principle of manners as you promote them, but one rule of etiquette has puzzled …


High school performances are places to encourage arts

DEAR MISS MANNERS: When attending a performance of, say, a high school musical, what are the rules about standing ovations? They seem to be occurring more and more frequently for …


Miss Manners: Handshake works even for kings

DEAR MISS MANNERS: What should an American president do when he greets a foreign head of state? What about his wife? And would that be any different from an average …


Miss Manners: Calling people on social lies

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I was recently a guest at a group campout. While enjoying the fire after a day of outdoor fun, another guest claimed to have been a sniper …


Miss Manners: Invited guests carry obligation to send a reply

Dear readers: Guests ought to be insulted by response cards. Decent people of course already know (yes? yes?) that they must always reply to all invitations, even the most casual …


Don’t delay enjoying good things in life

Dear Miss Manners: I have a flatware issue that perhaps you could shed light on. My everyday flatware is a set of stainless steel that I purchased over 20 years …


Rules of engagement still apply to shady casual acquaintances

Dear Miss Manners: I live and work in a small, localized neighborhood within a large metropolitan city. My job is in retail, and I am paid handsomely to be friendly …


Miss Manners: Absence makes the heart grow fonder – sometimes

Dear Miss Manners – Two months ago, I started a beautiful relationship with a 59-year-old guy. I am 44. We broke up with our current relationships based on the strong …


Miss Manners: Proud mother seeks guidance on son’s graduation

Dear Miss Manners: My son will be receiving his Ph.D. at a ceremony this June. I am wondering what the proper procedure is for announcing this (to me) exciting and …


Terms ‘fiance,’ ‘fiancee’ used for lack of better word

Dear Miss Manners: Am I the only one who finds this phenomenon confusing? “Miss Lucy Bainbridge and her fiance of 5 years, Mr. Michael Bagley, wish to announce the arrival …


Good luck policing people’s choice of dress

Dear Miss Manners: You see a lot of cleavage in all sorts of settings these days, and most of it has been exposed proudly and purposely, so I’m used to …


Miss Manners: Say ‘thank you’ but delay etiquette lesson till later

Dear Miss Manners: Will you come to my rescue and share with me a wise and prudent response to the “wisdom” that comes sometimes from the mouths of mere babes? …


Miss Manners: Etiquette, public relations one and same concept

Dear Miss Manners: I work for a very large U.S.-based corporation where I was involved in a discussion involving plans for a luncheon. An individual involved with the planning had …


Miss Manners: In a pickle over seldom-used silverware

Dear Miss Manners: I have been very fortunate to have been given a lovely, very full set of family silver, which I would like to put to good use. After …


Miss Manners: Left-sided nuptials leave reader cold

Dear Miss Manners: As a left handed person, I am offended by your reply that in the act of marrying, a woman stands on the man’s left side during the …


Miss Manners: Business trumps personal calls

Dear Miss Manners: I employ five people in a small manufacturing setting. I encourage my employees to be friendly and have no problem with them talking during work or listening …


Miss Manners: Professional rejection requires manners, etiquette nice touch

Dear Miss Manners: As the managing partner of a law firm, I receive a steady stream of (mostly) unsolicited letters from attorneys seeking a position at the firm. I say …


Miss Manners: Look – don’t stare – at naked baby

Dear Miss Manners: I was changing my baby’s diaper in a public restroom the other day. The changing table had no privacy whatsoever, and anyone walking in or out of …


Miss Manners: Clothing traditions hard to adapt

Dear Miss Manners: I just read about the tradition of requiring morning attire (until now translated as tails, pearl or black vest and striped pants) of all Justice Department employees …


Dear Miss Manners: Treat son’s ex-teacher graciously

Dear Miss Manners: I am the mother of an 8-year-old boy with Asperger’s syndrome. He’s extremely intelligent and highly emotional. Second grade presented him with significantly greater expectations in the …


Miss Manners: Saga of big day plans gives guests wedding fatigue

Shouting from the housetops now strikes Miss Manners as an admirably restrained way of reminding the world that you are getting married. Couples have since taken to firing off barrages …


Miss Manners: Asking for money a delicate task

Dear Miss Manners: My husband and I serve on the Board of Directors of a nonprofit YMCA Camp, which was founded decades ago by my husband’s father and bears his …


Miss Manners: ‘Tradition’ is about collecting money, not etiquette

Dear Miss Manners: When did the tradition of having others pin money to your shirt on your birthday come about? How did this originate? Is it some modern take on …


Miss Manners: Be kind to laid-off co-workers

Dear Miss Manners: Several of my co-workers were recently laid off. Some of them are finishing up a few things for a week or two before they leave, and others …