Miss Manners

Miss Manners by Judith, Nicholas and Jacobina Martin

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

October 21, 2014

The Less Said About Bathroom Reading Material, the Better

DEAR MISS MANNERS: Do you think it's tacky to have magazines in the guest bathroom? These would be decorator magazines. GENTLE READER: The subject of the magazine is hardly the point -- although that is not to suggest that context does not make some print offerings more alarming than others. Miss... continue

October 19, 2014

Vacation Photos on Social Media Can Be Safely Ignored

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I think it is lovely that people can go on vacations to wonderful and exotic places, but is it appropriate for them to share photos on social media of their luxurious trips? One or two is fine, but when I see photo after photo of a vacation, I start to get uncomfortable. I was taught that... continue

October 16, 2014

Gifts Still Keep Pouring in at Mom's Third Baby Shower

DEAR MISS MANNERS: My friend and I were pregnant with our first children at the same time. We both had baby showers. I was raised to believe you got only one baby shower, ever, to help set you up. When she was pregnant with her second child, she had another shower even though she was having another girl.... continue

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