Miss Manners' Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior (Freshly Updated)

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W. W. Norton & Company, Apr 17, 2005 - Reference - 858 pages
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An indispensable manual to navigating life from birth to death without making a false move.

Your neighbor denounces cellular telephones as instruments of the devil. Your niece swears that no one expects thank-you letters anymore. Your father-in-law insists that married women have to take their husbands' names. Your guests plead that asking them to commit themselves to attending your party ruins the spontaneity. Who is right? Miss Manners, of course. With all those amateurs issuing unauthorized etiquette pronouncements, aren't you glad that there is a gold standard to consult about what has really changed and what has not? The freshly updated version of the classic bestseller includes the latest letters, essays, and illustrations, along with the laugh-out-loud wisdom of Miss Manners as she meets the new millennium of American misbehavior head-on. This wickedly witty guide rules on the challenges brought about by our ever-evolving society, once again proving that etiquette, far from being an optional extra, is the essential currency of a civilized world.
  

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Everyone I know is surprised when they first find out I'm a fan of Miss Manners. I don't like Miss Manners's style, necessarily. She's too formal for my taste and persnickety when it comes to grammar ... Read full review

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Contents

Some Thoughts on the Impulse Rude and the Mannerly Way of Life
21
On Manners ans Morals
31
Birth
35
Prebirth Manner for Parents and Others
37
Showers
44
Announcements
47
Names
52
Baptism and Circumcissions
58
Linens
451
The WellAppointed House
454
Work
457
Interviews Recommendations and Raises
459
Workplace Etiquette
467
Neither Businesslike nor Entertaining
477
Business Communications
482
Telephones
484

Social Life Begins
61
Social Life Resumes
67
Basic Civilazation
71
Concerning Children
73
Manners for Children
80
Childrens Social Events
89
Common Courtesy for All Ages
96
Handshakes Kisses and Other Introductory Gestures
109
Silence as a Social Skills
115
Common Annoyance
118
Relations between the Genders
127
The Virtuous Life in Wicked Cities
137
Transportation
147
Table Manners
154
Methods
162
Family Dinner
172
Manners for Particular and Ornery Foods
179
Social Intercourse
204
Conversing Rather than Communicating
213
Conversational Hazards
230
Electronic Communication Personal
234
The Domestic Telephone
236
The Itenerant Telephone
242
The Internet
246
Family Relations
251
Family Crises
258
Visiting
268
Houseguest
274
HouseSitting
282
Unpleasant Facts of Life
284
Messy Emotions and Minor Emotional Distress
290
Disgusting Habits
293
Citizen Participation
298
Rites De Passage
303
Bar and Bat Mitzvahs Communications and Confirmations
305
Graduations and Reunions
309
Debuts and Dances
317
Courtship
325
Love Problem
344
Breaking Up
350
Marriage For Beginners
355
Engagements
357
Families and Friends
371
The Brides Family
373
The Bridegrooms Family
377
New Family Nomenclature
379
The Attendants
381
Weddings
385
Invitations and Responses
390
Announcements
404
Wedding Clothes
408
Wedding Procedure
416
Wedding Receptions
423
Photographs
428
Wedding Presents and Of Course ThankYou Letters
431
The Trousseau
444
China
448
Glass
449
Email
487
Notebooks and Laptops
488
Customer Service
490
When Things Go Wrong
498
Common Complaints
501
The Job Ends
505
Intermediate Civilazation
511
Social Forms Some Stunning and Others Ghastly
513
Invitation and Replies
528
Responding
536
The Social Unit
541
Breaking Social Engagements
545
Social Procedure
546
Social Disasters
556
Apologies
562
Dinner Parties
566
The Guest List
569
At Table
571
Adding the Guests
576
The Menu
581
Correct Service
584
Social Correspondence
591
The Content
604
Greeting Cards and Christmas Letters
609
Presents
614
Decent Dress For Ladies and Gentlemen
622
Dressing for the Occation
625
Controversial Clothing
631
Confusing Clothing
635
Childrens Dress
641
Jewelry and Other Adornments
642
Ever After
649
Divorce
651
Announcements and Demeanor
653
The Children
663
Marriage For Beginners
669
Anniversaries
677
Advance Civilaization
685
Protocol
687
The White House
699
The Large Household
708
Celebrity and Publicity
713
Play
724
Sports
732
Clubs
741
Alcohol Tobacco and Other Stimulants
743
Restaurants
750
Travel
764
Vacation Trips
776
Holidays
780
Death
797
Funerals
802
Bereavement
806
Condolences
811
Answer To Questions Nobody Asked
823
Acknowledgments
827
Index
829
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About the author (2005)

Judith Martin, born a perfect lady in an imperfect society, is the author of the “Miss Manners” columns and best-selling books, two novels, and a travel book on Venice. She and her husband live in Washington, DC.

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