Miss Manners

Miss Manners by Judith, Nicholas and Jacobina Martin

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

November 16, 2014

Thanksgiving Dress Code Deserves Tongue-in-Cheek Response

DEAR MISS MANNERS: For the past 10 years, my family has been celebrating Thanksgiving at my sister and brother-in-law's home. Now we have received an email from our brother-in-law about how to dress when coming to Thanksgiving dinner. My sister explains his lengthy treatise by saying that "he just... continue

November 13, 2014

Mom Belittles Claim of Cousins' Family Resemblance

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I'm not sure how to handle it when my sister-in-law keeps bringing up how her 7-month-old baby boy looks like my 4-year-old son. She has gone so far as to take a picture of a picture of my son with her cellphone and walk around a party showing everyone and asking if her son looks like mine. ... continue

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