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

'Adult-Oriented Event' Will Not Be Child-Friendly

DEAR MISS MANNERS: How would one interpret an invitation that states, "This is an adult-oriented event. Chaperoned children are welcome"?

GENTLE READER: "We really don't want children at the party, but if you bring them anyway, they'd better not be loud or break anything."