DEAR MISS MANNERS: When my very best friend of nearly 30 years visited my new home, she brought her daughter. To say the least, they were terrible houseguests.
I share a communal property, including a swimming pool. A few highlights from the two-day visit: The daughter helped herself to all 12 towels at the pool (leaving none for other guests);...Read more
DEAR MISS MANNERS: Is there a charming, polite turn of phrase that I can use when my dinner seating plans are attacked?
I very much look forward to having dinner parties again. I like seating couples apart, so that we might all visit with more people than we see daily, but this has gone over like a lead balloon. It seems like a foreign custom ...Read more
DEAR MISS MANNERS: I'm distressed about the proper usage of the words mistress and affair.
I was raised to believe that an affair is between a married person and an unmarried person. If the unmarried person is a woman, she is referred to as the man's mistress.
Lately, I've read newspaper articles describing a relationship between two ...Read more
DEAR MISS MANNERS: I am a college professor and have been teaching online since the beginning of the pandemic. I was corresponding via email with my dean about an issue with a student I had never met in person. My dean had met the student in person in the past, but not recently.
In the course of managing the issue, I became aware that the ...Read more