Miss Manners

Miss Manners by Judith, Nicholas and Jacobina Martin

October 30, 2014

Men's Facial Hair Appears for Variety of Reasons

DEAR MISS MANNERS: In recent months it seems that more and more men are growing facial hair in a variety of styles. I first noticed this when my parish priest returned from a sabbatical with a somewhat unflattering growth of beard. Many professional athletes have beards and long hair. Television ads depict... continue

October 28, 2014

Good Manners Don't Require Catering to Prejudices of Others

DEAR MISS MANNERS: My spouse and I married out of state in 2010, after several happy years together, because our home state does not recognize same-sex marriage. He works in the arts; I am a lawyer. We attend many social and artistic events and have a wide circle of accepting friends. However... continue

October 26, 2014

Young Lady Walks Away From Lewd Men on the Street

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I was taken aback by my elders' reactions to an anecdote about an encounter with a strange man who accosted me in a public place. I have suddenly found myself to be a young lady, gradually achieving independence in the world, and, I am told, quite attractive. I have been approached by... continue

October 23, 2014

Distracted Conversations Make Phone Calls Mostly Annoying

DEAR MISS MANNERS: When I returned a phone call from a cousin, he asked why it had taken nearly two weeks for me to do so. I told him I wanted to be sure he'd receive my undivided attention when returning his call, and that was the reason for the delay. Actually, it was not. He (and an increasing number... continue

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