Miss Manners

Miss Manners by Judith, Nicholas and Jacobina Martin

December 21, 2014

Throw a Big Party, but Don't Make It About You

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I am a 39-year-old wife, turning 40 in 2015. I am very happily married, moderately successful and childless. Since my wedding 16 years ago, I have not had an occasion to "be celebrated," and I think it's about high time! No baby showers, no children who will graduate or get... continue

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

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