Miss Manners

Miss Manners by Judith, Nicholas and Jacobina Martin

December 18, 2014

Canceled Baby Shower Requires Personal Calls to Explain

DEAR MISS MANNERS: My daughter was 7.5 months pregnant when the ultrasound relayed that her baby had passed away. Her baby shower was around the corner, and we have many gifts here. I am wondering, what is the protocol? My husband and I would like to keep the gifts as an encouragement to our daughter for... continue

December 16, 2014

Actual Phone Conversations Are Irritating for Some

DEAR MISS MANNERS: Nowadays when I call someone, the voice mail message often instructs me to "hang up and text me." This is said in a surprised, aggravated tone, as if I were violating an established rule known to everyone else. Is this really the etiquette now? People would rather read badly... continue

December 14, 2014

Exchanging Shopping Lists Is Not Thoughtful Giving

DEAR MISS MANNERS: Is it possible to discourage or redirect adult relatives away from the practice of making Christmas lists? I have tried and failed -- so far. At the tender age of 53, I am embarrassed to write out a "Dear Santa" letter, especially since my husband and I are lucky enough to be... continue

December 11, 2014

Wedding Cake Topper Is Not the Place for MacAbre Humor

DEAR MISS MANNERS: My fiance has a skull collection and has found a bride/groom skull set he would like to use as our wedding cake topper. I am unopposed to this and see humor in it. My mother feels this is very inappropriate and might offend some guests. I would like to support my fiance and not allow my... continue

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