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Reader unplugged the party and thought it was a great joke.

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One party invitation stated that the guest of honor wouldn’t be present.

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A compliment about looks often turns to a more perplexing comment.

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Reader wonders what to say when strangers non-emergency questions.

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Family of the deceased thanks reader for flowers send by someone else.

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Reader wants to know if asking questions is the preferred style of conversation.

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Reader bought a present for a birthday girl and then told hosts preferred gift to charity.

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Reader is dismayed that person didn’t hand over the change.

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Readers’ daughters are ignored at social events when boys pull out tech devices.

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Patrons need not mention offensively named entrees by name.

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Husband wants reader to interact more with his close friends.

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‘Thank you’ is not the proper response to a ticket, but other words can be used.

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Reader should ask mother-in-law where to put the pesky things.

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Son is disappointed his relatives did not call.

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Even without a fixed date, the term is appropriate.

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No tip jars at the bar!

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The gentleman should sit next to the lady, not the driver.

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Guests, invited to bring some refreshments, brought them all.

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She should deal with the underlying problem or share the expensive necklace.

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Presents will never satisfy this estranged child.

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