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Posted May 31, 2008
Great Advice and Hilariously Funny
In addition to the etiquette, there's a lot of humor. I'll just quote one exchange. 'DEAR MISS MANNERS: June used to be the traditional time for weddings, but customs are so different now. Is there any preferred date for weddings in modern life? GENTLE READER: It is preferable to hold them after the divorce and before the birth of the baby.'
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Posted February 9, 2009
Posted June 4, 2007
A Useful and Hysterical Manual for Building a More Respectful Society
To be dismissed as snobbish is an Orwellian canard that etiquette has long endured. The extent to which this view has gained currency in our ¿I, me, mine, winner-take-all and rub everyone else¿s face in it¿ times is the reason for the ¿coarsening¿ of our culture so widely remarked upon but so rarely impeded. In this volume, Miss Manners offers a practical manual for those who wish to be the change they would see in the world. It is a ringing, bracing, funny, and thoroughly enjoyable defense of ¿the holy cause of etiquette¿ that puts to flight the glib belief that manners are snobbish 'the reverse is actually true', and proper behavior obvious or instinctual. Best of all, the book is an absolute field manual for how to make everyone feel comfortable, valued, and respected in a bewildering array of situations and occasions large and small. I suppose there will always be people so self-centered and rude that they insist that they are the measure of all things and dismiss anyone less than delighted by their judgments as ¿not worth my time.¿ If, however, you prefer not to blithely offend others, you will find this work an invaluable resource for assuring that basic dignity is not slighted. What¿s more, it will make you laugh out loud in the process.
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Posted January 16, 2012
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