What’s in a name? That which we call a rose…

DEAR MISS MANNERS: How does one deal with false modesty? I found myself caught flat-footed when chatting with a textile artist. I joked that he could be the one to help me with my blanket stitch, and he responded that his handwork wasn’t very good. Fine; I’d been mostly kidding anyway. But then he wentContinue reading “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose…”

Can we refer to her as Anne Laney?

This is a letter from earlier this month with a followup letter from today’s column after it. Dear Annie: My name is Barbara. It’s NOT “Barb.” It’s not “Barbie.” It’s not “Babs.” So, please tell me WHY when I introduce myself as Barbara, the majority of the time, people say things like, “Hi, Barb”? Immediately,Continue reading “Can we refer to her as Anne Laney?”

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