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

How to Address Letters to Unknown Recipients

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I know Miss Manners has decreed that diners should eat asparagus with their fingers. Does the same directive apply to broccolini spears?

GENTLE READER: Good heavens, no. Miss Manners cautions you not to try to apply reason to tradition.

(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.)

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