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
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
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
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
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