Miss Manners

Miss Manners by Judith, Nicholas and Jacobina Martin

November 25, 2014

Blanket Texts to Contacts May Reveal More Than You Want

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I have a dear friend who periodically sends out texts to everyone on her smartphone contact list for holidays: "Happy New Year!", "Happy 4th!", etc. It is nice to receive them, but some people respond to it by unwittingly replying to all, meaning I also see a total... continue

November 23, 2014

Regardless of His Age, He's Still Your Fiance

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I am a widow who has been seeing a widower for over a year. He is such a lovely and distinguished gentleman. We are planning on being married soon. We are both in our 80s and do not wish to live together without being married. We feel it sends the wrong message to our children and... continue

November 20, 2014

Leave Spoon on the Table, Not in the Glass

DEAR MISS MANNERS: Is it proper to leave a spoon in a cup or glass while drinking coffee, tea or iced tea? GENTLE READER: No. Watching the spoon attempting to bang on the drinker's nose is unnerving, regardless of whether it succeeds. DEAR MISS MANNERS: My sister-in-law is getting married... continue

November 18, 2014

Instant Responses Are Not Always Possible

DEAR MISS MANNERS: From the perspective of a retired business executive, I do not find complaints about delays in hiring decisions unusual. As things go, a job is offered to the winning candidate, and the employer waits for that candidate to accept before posting the job as filled. Should that candidate not... continue

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