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

Announcing a Ceremony That Didn’t Happen

DEAR MISS MANNERS: When writing a letter on stationery that has only one deckled or torn edge, should the straight edge or the torn edge be at the top of the letter?

GENTLE READER: If it is torn, don’t use it. Miss Manners is only guessing that it is intended as a sort of petticoat ruffle, which goes at the bottom.

(Please send your questions to Miss Manners at her website, www.missmanners.com; to her email, dearmissmanners@gmail.com; or through postal mail to Miss Manners, Andrews McMeel Syndication, 1130 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO 64106.)