Q Dear Miss Abigail: Is Andy interested in me? Signed, Evelyn A Dear Evelyn: I’d like to take this opportunity to clarify something for you and quite a few others who have recently asked me such questions as “Will I marry John Rachal?” and “Will I go out with Jonathan Bonin?” and “Am I wasting […]
Q Dear Miss Abigail: I’ve noticed lately that I have a problem talking about things when I get introduced. I never know the proper response, and end up saying something dumb that doesn’t make any sense. Could you give me some advice on making conversation? Signed, Michelle A Dear Michelle: You are not alone, my […]
How Do I Shake Hands?
Q Dear Miss Abigail: I was wondering what the proper etiquette is when a man comes up to you to shake your hand. Should you offer your hand or should he? Signed, A Shaker and a Mover A Dear Shaker: I have a few tidbits for you from Ruth Tolman’s Charm and Poise for Getting Ahead. […]
Alternatives to Waving
Q Dear Miss Abigail: Should one wave when meeting someone, or should there only be an exchange of waves at a parting? Signed, Confused A Dear Confused: Although nothing I found specifically addressing waving, the following quotes touch upon general rules for greeting others in public. They’re from a1956 book written by Frances Benton titled Complete […]
May I Present Miss So-and-So?
Q Dear Miss Abigail: When you are introducing someone to someone else, which name to you say first? For instance, is it “Debbi, this is Dr. Bailey-Graff” or, “Dr. Bailey-Graff, this is Debbi”? Signed, Debbi A Dear Debbi: I believe the following excerpt answers your question quite nicely. It’s from The New Book of Etiquette, written […]
Should Our New Neighbors Welcome Us?
Q Dear Miss Abigail: We recently purchased a home in a new subdivision. The only neighbor to come by so far to welcome us and introduced himself has been a young boy of seven. Since it’s been three weeks, I was thinking of taking the initiative and going to introduce myself. My husband thinks that […]
Girl Meets Boy. Spider Meets Girl. Boy Likes Girl!
Q Dear Miss Abigail: I’m a fifteen-year-old girl. I am fairly pretty, and I have had boyfriends before. I have a good social life, I get on with men, and I have an interesting personality. Yet I never get approached by men. I just never seem to meet any suitable ones! Is there something else […]