DEAR MISS MANNERS: My colleague and I are perplexed about a set of napkins she has purchased. In one corner of each napkin, there is what appears to be a buttonhole.
Neither of us has ever seen this on a napkin, and we were puzzling over what its use might be. A horrifying possibility occurred to us -- could it be that the manufacturer intends the buttonhole to be used to secure the napkin to the uppermost button on a diner's shirt?
GENTLE READER: Miss Manners is sorry to inform you that your horrified guess is correct. Contrary to what our parents and grandparents told us, the world was not perfectly behaved before our generation came along and spoiled everything. The napkins were incorrect then, and there were also sloppy eaters who were indifferent to that fact.