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by Abigail Van Buren

Thoughtful Gifts Convey Proper Thanks for Hosts' Hospitality

DEAR ABBY: Due to a health problem that caused some of my hair to break and fall out, I have recently begun wearing a wig. At a social function a woman who was not a friend of mine approached me and asked if I was wearing a hairpiece. How could I respond to such a rude question without admitting that I am wearing a wig? -- STUMPED IN PENNSYLVANIA

DEAR STUMPED: Try this: "I'll forgive you for asking that question if you'll forgive me for not answering."