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: 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.
Washington Post Nov 23, 2005 How to Stuff A Gobbler
QUOTE: This year my husband's family is coming over again...as selfish as it sounds, I don't want to share leftovers.
Washington Post Nov 20, 2005 Thanks for Cleaning Up
QUOTE: at Thanksgiving, there is a feeling that cleanup should be cooperative. And everyone has an idea about who should do it...
Washington Post Nov 06, 2005 The Sounds of Silence
QUOTE: ...the child is right there while being spoken about. Thus the parent who is asked impertinent questions has a triple etiquette problem: How to stop this insulting nosiness, how to keep it from upsetting the child and how to teach the child to deal with the same problem on his own, presuming that the rude are forever among us.
Washington Post Nov 02, 2005 Can You Hear Me Now?
QUOTE: ...the urge to attend to the telephone is the only force on Earth stronger than greed....That it is rude to ignore those in person in favor of voices from the distance does not seem to make much of an impression...
Washington Post Oct 26, 2005 Faint Praise
QUOTE: Are you suggesting that since she has waited 10 years for a husband and children already, she might as well wait another year so that you can have the spotlight all to yourself?
Washington Post Oct 19, 2005 R$VP
QUOTE: It is indeed common for charities to think that the way to thank their donors is to give them another opportunity to give....It is as if your nephew thanked you for giving him a bicycle by suggesting that next you should give him a motorcycle...
Washington Post Oct 12, 2005 A Lecture, But No Class
QUOTE: ...it is decorum that allows dissent to be aired, and it is your job to ensure both. Academic lectures should always allow debate, and decorum should always prevail, there as elsewhere.
Washington Post Sep 11, 2005 An Accounting of Etiquette
QUOTE: On their way to bankruptcy, they appeal for an etiquette judgment. Parents who are living on Social Security ask if it is true, as their daughter the lawyer tells them, that etiquette expects them to pay for her second dream wedding.
Washington Post Aug 28, 2005 Do Not Pardon the Interruption
QUOTE: Using a new method of achieving a rude aim does not catapult you into etiquette-free territory. Critiquing an event while it is happening is rude under long-existing rules.
Washington Post Aug 14, 2005 Coffee Clash
QUOTE: ...[coffeehouses] are often crammed with three factions, all of whom tell Miss Manners, with equal indignation, about the bad manners of those other people who are ruining the proper atmosphere of the place.
Washington Post Aug 07, 2005 Perfect Guests, Perfectly Irritating
QUOTE: ...guests who are trying too hard to be perfect can be perfect nuisances. It is nerve-racking to try to please someone without receiving any reliable feedback. Having one's every gesture of hospitality anticipated and thwarted eventually seems insulting.
Washington Post Aug 03, 2005 Multiple Choices for Grandparents
QUOTE: What is the etiquette for out-of-town guests giving advance notice when they are coming to visit?
Washington Post Jul 03, 2005 Don't Leave Home With Them
QUOTE: Miss Manners hopes it will help if she lets vacationers in on an apparently well-kept secret: There is nothing rude about deciding to spend the day differently from others with whom one is traveling.
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