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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 …


Miss Manners: Dress for success at social engagements

DEAR MISS MANNERS: When I was visiting friends, I perused my hotel’s list of recommended dining establishments. Each restaurant listed their dress code and, to my consternation, I found each …


Miss Manners: Vandalism no defense against foul speech

DEAR MISS MANNERS: When I parked my car in a public parking lot, I noticed a car had a bumper sticker that read, “If you have nothing to say, just …


E-mail from undergrads get failing grade

DEAR MISS MANNERS: You could assist an entire profession if you would advise undergraduates on how to compose e-mail messages to their professors. Like my colleagues, I’ve received peremptory messages …


Miss Manners: Egoism isn’t principle

DEAR MISS MANNERS – Occasionally, the rules of etiquette conflict with my religious and moral convictions. When this happens, is there a way I can signal this to new acquaintances? …


Miss Manners: Bible may not indicate ancestor’s marital status

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I discovered a Bible that belonged to my great-great-grandmother, and, as I have an avid interest in our family genealogy, I was thrilled! I am curious, however, …


Miss Manners: The right way to shake hands

DEAR MISS MANNERS: When I was a young boy, my father stressed upon me that gentlemen shake hands – always – with the right hand – much like soldiers always …


Miss Manners: Honorifics apply with all couples

DEAR MISS MANNERS: How do you address mail to a same-sex married couple? I believe I should use the same formality that I do when addressing mail to an opposite …


Miss Manners: Wife’s cat makes lousy housemate

DEAR MISS MANNERS: When I met my lovely wife over six years ago, she had an extremely ill-tempered cat. (It bit me on our first date.) My wife had recently …


Miss Manners: Charity wedding gifts leave reader confused

DEAR MISS MANNERS: The invitations for the wedding of a pair of friends included a list of local charities to which invitees could send contributions. I don’t recall the exact …


Miss Manners: It’s your choice but place settings need not match

DEAR MISS MANNERS: We have two small sets of silver, one containing about six place settings, and the other four. Since we are young and do not have complete sets …


Miss Manners: Office Boomers tease Gen Y co-worker

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I am unsure of how to react to my co-workers’ spiteful comments whenever I choose to spend my paid/personal time off (PTO). I am a single male, …


Miss Manners: Not necessary to reveal wedding plans

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I just got engaged, purposely have not told coworkers and don’t wear my (gorgeous) engagement ring to work. Why? I do not want nosey coworkers getting into …


Miss Manners: Keeping Facebook personal

DEAR MISS MANNERS: Facebook is out of control. There are way too many people in this world trying to be your friend when you don’t necessarily want them to be. …


Miss Manners: Honesty is not always best policy

DEAR MISS MANNERS: An acquaintance posted on the Internet some music that he had composed and performed with his band. He then directed friends to the site to listen and …


Miss Manners: Nothing to be done about rude charities

DEAR MISS MANNERS: Customarily, my wife and I send out several thousand dollars of charitable checks. This year, I am probably out of a job. Out of work, with no …


Napkins: Know when to fold ‘em

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I learned that once the napkin is unfolded after one sits down at a table, it is not refolded. It is folded loosely and replaced back on …


Miss Manners: Mother looks for things to be offended over

DEAR MISS MANNERS: My son got married two years ago, and please keep in mind that my daughter-in-law and I have never had a falling out. We’ve stayed at their …


Homework excuse will keep child at bay

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I am a university student living in a semi-detached house with several other students. The couple living in the other half of the house have two small …


Miss Manners: Humble reader sees the candlelight

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I seem to remember, from way back, that eating by candlelight was restricted to evening dining and not “proper” during daylight hours. Is this the current practice? …


Miss Manners: Don’t give laid-off workers the brush-off

DEAR MISS MANNERS: A large percentage of the U.S. work force for my corporation was laid off without warning. Some of these are colleagues who I am not close friends …


‘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 …