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

Don’t Ask Rude People To Explain -- They Just Might

DEAR MISS MANNERS: Using a knife and fork to eat crispy bacon causes it to shatter. It is then difficult to pick up the shards and crumbles on the fork. Is it ever appropriate to eat crispy bacon by picking it up with the fingers?

GENTLE READER: Both of these phenomena are true. Miss Manners recognizes that you make an excellent argument for eating breakfast alone.

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