DEAR MISS MANNERS: A woman of my acquaintance has a strange habit at funerals: She asks when the reading of the will is to take place.
I think it is vulgar, but perhaps I am mistaken. Is it OK to ask, or should one wait to be contacted by the executor or legal professional involved?
GENTLE READER: From how many deceased is this woman expecting money?
She should be told that you are sure “the pertinent parties will contact you if your presence is required.” Then Miss Manners suggests you place yourself between this woman and any open caskets.