April 2004: Author of the "Miss Manners" newspaper column.www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/style/columns/missmanners/
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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Jun 19, 2011 Miss Manners: Musician’s admirers are sometimes out of line
QUOTE: It never fails that at least one individual (or couple, and sometimes more), usually louder and more aggressive, will “break in line,” very quickly, to say something to me while I’m talking to or signing the CD of the person who’s been waiting in line. It seems impossible to ignore these interlopers, but I always feel guilty giving them this attention, because it extends even more the wait period for those still in line.
Washington Post May 31, 2006 On the Menu: Too Much Info
QUOTE: ...the reason [the waiter-Ed.] wished us health was that his father had just died of cancer...we were dining out in part to have a pleasant diversion from our health concerns...
Washington Post May 17, 2006 Food for Thought
QUOTE: Miss Manners sees nothing wrong in your desire to protect your food from predators. But since they are your predators, with whom you choose to eat, she suggests a softer approach than your remarks about disliking their picking and poking.
Washington Post May 03, 2006 The Guesting Game
QUOTE: Probing people about whether they "support the couple" is a disastrous idea.
Washington Post Apr 26, 2006 An Expectant Mother In More Ways Than One
QUOTE: My sister-in-law does not have any sisters or close friends who will throw her a baby shower. My other sister-in-law will be expected to do this, but I don't feel that I should be responsible for it, especially after her comments. She never offered to throw a baby shower for me.
Washington Post Apr 19, 2006 Don't Tarnish That Golden Anniversary
QUOTE: If there is one thing you should have learned in 50 years of marriage, it is not to set up secret tests for those you love. You only succeed in bewildering and embittering them when they unknowingly fail and you go into a funk.
Washington Post Apr 05, 2006 Rude Awakening
QUOTE: Why, just this morning they were all cut off in traffic, annoyed by someone on a cellular telephone and ignored by a member of one of the so-called service industries.
Washington Post Mar 22, 2006 No Child Left Behind
QUOTE: At what age does the younger generation become fit for grown-up society?...there was a time in which it was taken seriously.
Washington Post Mar 08, 2006 It Doesn't Pay to Bill Your Wedding Guests
QUOTE: Wedding presents are voluntary tokens of affection from people who should care enough about you to put some thought into the selection. They are not intended to be a source of income for the bridal couple to count into their budget and allot as they wish.
Washington Post Mar 05, 2006 Homeward Bound
QUOTE: there are parents who treat their own children like boarders, charging them rent and grumbling about their behavior. And there are children who treat their parents like roommates, expecting them to mind their own business and taking no responsibility for the household in general.
Washington Post Mar 01, 2006 Ring This Up: Not One Item More
QUOTE: Am I wrong for being irritated with the people who have a full cart of groceries in the "10 items or less" aisle when I am behind them with cheese and eggs?
Washington Post Feb 19, 2006 The Crass Picture Show
QUOTE: And today's moviegoers consider their films to be interactive. They talk, they shout, they make and take telephone calls, they get up and move around. They eat and drink noisily. They allow their children free range. They offer a running critique. They pick fights with one another. They take up more than their share of seats, putting up their feet, tossing their coats and sprawling over the arm rests. They vilify anyone who attempts to quiet them.
Washington Post Feb 05, 2006 Monsters Inc.
QUOTE: It does not seem to have occurred to management that people have various habits and quirks that become annoying to those who spend significant time in their vicinity...This does not make for a pleasant workforce.
Washington Post Feb 01, 2006 Splitting the Bill: A Great Divide
QUOTE: No matter how often Miss Manners points out that the decorous method is to take turns being the host (this had to be done coyly under the old system -- the lady offered a home-cooked meal or claimed to have been given theater tickets -- but it was done), some ladies insist on splitting every cost, while others never reciprocate. And some married couples never merge financially.
Washington Post Jan 22, 2006 Home Economics
QUOTE: Hoping to furnish one's quarters on other people's budgets is not a proper reason for giving a housewarming party.
Washington Post Dec 28, 2005 In the Name Of the Father
QUOTE: You share a surname with her children; don't you think that you should consider what the assumption that you are their mother has been doing to her feelings?
Washington Post Dec 18, 2005 Ho Ho No!
QUOTE: Today's office party may feel just as compulsory, but is unlikely to be free...[Miss Manners's] only hope is to rescue people who are not having fun.
Washington Post Dec 07, 2005 Bridesmaid Revisited
QUOTE: I do not want to support a marriage that I know will not go well. How do I tell my friends that I don't want to be part of the ceremonies, because I don't support their union?
Washington Post Nov 30, 2005 A Prying Shame
QUOTE: My partner is a very successful businessman and we attend numerous social events that his firm sponsors. Several times, well-meaning acquaintances and colleagues have loudly asked us when we are getting married, isn't it time, etc. I believe they mean to be "helping" me by putting pressure on him to "do the right thing." This is mortifying for me and embarrassing for my friend.
Washington Post Nov 27, 2005 The Soft Cell
QUOTE: Until passengers realize that these generally understood conventions also apply to cellular telephones...Miss Manners is afraid that airlines will have to be the enforcers of etiquette.
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