Nearly everyone knows that Judith Martin, better known as Miss Manners, the syndicated columnist, is exceedingly correct. Last week, she saw an advertisement in the newspaper that a Maryland jewelry store was having a sale in her silver pattern. Upon arriving at the store, she told the jeweler she was looking for additional dessert spoons in her pattern and had been making do with the larger soup spoons.
"That's not much of a hardship," the employee said. "It is for me," Martin responded. Caught up in the moment, the saleswoman joked, "Who do you think you are, Miss Manners?" The easily recognizable Miss Manners looked at the woman, unable to respond. And then it registered. "Oh my God!" the saleswoman said.