Miss Manners' Basic Training

Miss Manners' Basic Training

The Right Thing to Say

Book - 1998
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Random House, Inc.
Miss Manners hereby declares that "You look terrific -- did you have a facelift?" is not an acceptable compliment. For this and the other myriad rudeness that nowadays pass for consolation, congratulation and other forms of verbal communication, Miss Manners provides politely pointed comebacks, as well as the gracious and proper thing to say in any situation.

Miss Manners feels compelled to do so because saying the wrong thing -- whether in the name of originality, self-expression, honesty or instant empathy -- has become all too common:

To a Bereaved Person:
"You must realize it's all for the best."

To a Newly Engaged Person:
"Are you sure you know what you're doing?"

To a Pregnant Woman:
"You can still do something about it, you know."

The Right Thing to Say is a refresher course in etiquette as a second language, filled with the practical advice and sly humor that make Miss Manners such "good wicked fun, and helpful too" (Cosmopolitan). Including useful phrases for dealing with life's special occasions and mishaps, The Right Thing to Say explores the subtleties of saying "no," conducting a conversation without causing offense and the art of the apology when you do anyway.

Baker & Taylor
Not without humor, "Miss Manners" offers suggestions for the right thing to say in difficult occasions, examples of the wrong thing, ideas for conducting a conversation without giving offense, and polite ways to upbraid the rude. 35,000 first printing.

Baker
& Taylor

Offers suggestions for the right thing to say in difficult situations, examples of the wrong thing, ideas for conducting a conversation without giving offense, and polite ways to upbraid the rude

Publisher: New York : Crown, 1998.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780609600511
0609600516
Branch Call Number: 395.59 MAR
Characteristics: 179 p. ; 21 cm.

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