Miss Manners' Guide for the Turn-of-the-Millennium

Front Cover
Simon and Schuster, Nov 15, 1990 - Education - 768 pages
0 Reviews
With the wit, tact, and wisdom that have made Miss Manners a household name, America's foremost authority on civilized behavior takes you through every aspect of your personal, professional, and social life with ease and charm.
From somewhat classic queries:
* What do I wear to a job interview/felony trial/jacuzzi?
* Where does the soup spoon/seafood fork/butter knife go?
To comments on truly modern phenomena:
* Call waiting is like a child screaming for attention
* Leaky earphones are the equivalent of humming
To strictly personal do's and don'ts:
* Don't communicate everything in a marriage ("I had the wildest dream about a man at my office...")
* Do continue the ancient custom of mealtimes, that is, breakfast, lunch, and dinner
And professional guidelines:
* Don't start grabbing company property after being fired
* If a candy dish is on the visitor's side of a receptionist's desk, it is for visitors...
Miss Manners offers consistently sound, sage advice to her Gentle Readers.
With a tipping guide (including coat checks and pizza deliveries), sections devoted to both traditional and nontraditional households, details on protocol for ceremonies and celebrations, invitations and disinvitations, insights on courtship and romance, and much more, this is the comprehensive guide to a kinder, gentler, more civilized society.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

Heavy Etiquette Theory
3
A Sampler of Problems
20
Modern Ladies and Gentlemen
31
Forms of Address
42
Conventional Gestures Phrases and Words
62
Conversation
80
Personal Questions and Remarks
100
Advice
114
The Life Cycle of a
325
How to Tell Business from Social Life
387
Friendship
415
Organizing Social Life
425
Social Obligations for Hosts and Guests
432
Social Occasions
451
Social Disasters
489
Houseguests
495

Correcting Others
121
Fashionable Emotions
130
Dress
136
Public Manners
151
Steprelations Former Spouses
177
The Changing Household
189
Family Matters
205
Parents and Children
223
Household Help
268
Communications at Home
280
Businesslike Behavior
302
Presents
506
Recreation
521
Methods of Meeting
535
Gender Roles
547
Other Ceremonies
651
ZfaaemS one3vcwement
667
The American
697
Official Life
703
Acknowledgments
743
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (1990)

Miss Manners, also known as Judith Martin, writes a thrice-weekly newspaper column which is internationally syndicated by United Feature Syndicate. In addition to Miss Manners' Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior and Miss Manners' Guide to Rearing Perfect Children, Miss Manners is the author of two novels: Style and Substance and Gilbert, a comedy of manners.

Bibliographic information