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Posted by Robin Abrahams  March 3, 2013 09:46 AM

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... 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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Welcome to Miss Conduct’s blog, a place where the popular Boston Globe Magazine columnist Robin Abrahams and her readers share etiquette tips, unravel social conundrums, and gossip about social behavior in pop culture and the news. Have a question of your own? Ask Robin using this form or by emailing her at missconduct@globe.com.
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Robin Abrahamswrites the weekly "Miss Conduct" column for The Boston Globe Magazine and is the author of Miss Conduct's Mind over Manners. Robin has a PhD in psychology from Boston University and also works as a research associate at Harvard Business School. Her column is informed by her experience as a theater publicist, organizational-change communications manager, editor, stand-up comedian, and professor of psychology and English. She lives in Cambridge with her husband Marc Abrahams, the founder of the Ig Nobel Prizes, and their socially challenged but charismatic dog, Milo.

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