... is online here. The first question deals with that awkward moment when you innocently walk in on a conversation that wasn't meant for you -- an emotional discussion of a medical or family emergency, say. The second coins a wonderful new phrase:
My cousin, who is in her early 60s, has decided to remarry her ex-husband in an elaborate ceremony that I am happy to attend. My question is about a gift. I was thinking of a nice card and possibly a donation made in their names. I don't want to get caught with my etiquette pants down, however!
E.B. / Boston
Etiquette pants! You said "etiquette pants," and for that I think I love you. So many people do seem to be walking around these days with their etiquette pants showing half their bum, don't they? Or am I confusing that with their actual pants?
May your etiquette pants be comfortable and flattering, dear readers!
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