Life Advice



Confusion About 'RSVP'

Life Advice / Miss Manners /

DEAR MISS MANNERS: What is the correct way of wording for my wedding invitations? I don't want to be rude and just put, "Please RSVP so we can have a head count for the food."

GENTLE READER: Could we retire the term "RSVP" (correctly punctuated as "R.s.v.p.")? It has confused even you. Your "please" is redundant, as that is what the s.v.p. ...Read more

Envelope Or No Envelope, Don't Read Roommate's Mail

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DEAR MISS MANNERS: Occasionally I receive postcards in the mail, and when my roommate gets the mail, he will inevitably read them. I know he reads them because he will ask detailed questions about the contents of the sender's message.

When I pointed out that this was essentially reading my mail, he said that nothing private would be written on ...Read more

Rolling Our Eyes At Relatives' Registry

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DEAR MISS MANNERS: My mother and I agree that we are very much NOT fans of registries -- wedding, baby or otherwise -- and find them rude. For my part, I can understand the idea behind them, but I still find them tacky.

My brother and sister-in-law have created a baby registry ahead of their shower and it is, in our opinion, outrageous with a ...Read more

The Case Of The Poop-Pickup-Truck Bandit

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DEAR MISS MANNERS: I watched from my house as my new neighbor walked by with his wife, young daughter and beautiful dog. The dog picked my perfect lawn to relieve himself, which I understood. Thankfully, the man picked it up in a blue baggie, saving me from an awkward encounter where I may have embarrassed him in front of his family.

But then ...Read more

Husband Doesn't Get Why Wife Avoids His Mean Family

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DEAR MISS MANNERS: My husband and I are an older couple, and my husband isn't in the best of health. With that, a lot of care falls on me. I knew this going into the marriage seven years ago, and accepted the responsibility willingly -- grateful that I can share these years with the kindest, most gentle man I have ever known.

Maybe I am being a...Read more



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