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

Do I Have To Dress Like a Slob, Now That I’m Retired?

DEAR MISS MANNERS: A dear friend has invited me to her wedding, which is followed by a “no host” reception. The morning after, she has invited me to a “no host” breakfast. I am completely unfamiliar with this term; can Miss Manners enlighten me?

GENTLE READER: It means that your friend is not intending to be hospitable. You may join her at the reception and/or breakfast if you like, but don’t expect to be offered anything to eat or drink; for that, you must pay your own way.

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