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Communication Key When It Comes To Roommates

Judith Martin, Nicholas Ivor Martin and Jacobina Martin on

This has caused a minor rift between us. We have agreed to allow you to be the final word.

GENTLE READER: The final word in issuing social invitations goes to the person to whom the most responsibility falls: either the chef, the primary housekeeper or some combination of the two.

This is a matter of practicality, not gender, but as it was at one time presumed to be the wife's domain, Miss Manners assumes that this is the reasoning of yours. If that is your domestic situation, then she is correct. If it is not, or if it is a shared responsibility, then your good communication should go toward trading off who issues the invitations accordingly.

There is, of course, another possibility, which is that your wife would like the final say in your choice of guests. If that is the case, then Miss Manners defers to her.

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