DEAR MISS MANNERS: I have been unfortunate in that my mother had never taught me how to sit "like a lady." I've been told that it involves crossing one's ankles and placing one's feet flatly on the floor. Whenever I attempt this, my foot ends up on its side, giving me much pain after sitting for a long period. Am I attempting this correctly?
GENTLE READER: Not exactly. Etiquette may occasionally pull someone's leg in a playful mood, but it never twists an ankle.