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Miss Manners by Judith Martin, Nicholas Ivor Martin and Jacobina Martin

Bathroom Is Out of Bounds for a Phone Conversation

DEAR MISS MANNERS: Am I the only one who is uncomfortable when the person on the other end of a telephone call does a loud Archie Bunker-type flush in the middle of the conversation? It makes me feel like I am in the bathroom with the individual.

GENTLE READER? Indeed. "Oh dear, I seem to have caught you at a bad time. Perhaps I should try you later when you are not quite so indisposed."

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