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The proper etiquette when giving flowers...

Posted at 1:13 PM on August 16, 2011 by Alison Young

The first part of the paper I read each morning is the page with advice columns...just can't hold myself back. Miss Manners had some good advice this morning. I was going to read it on-air, but found it impossible to without cracking up. Here's a bit of it:

DEAR MISS MANNERS: Do you know the protocol for presenting bouquets of flowers to soloists when singing with a performing choir? Usually they seem to be given only to the women. Sometimes our group has chosen to present gentlemen with a bottle of wine. Is this proper?

GENTLE READER: Only if you want the audience to think a quick delivery of alcohol was promised as a reward for staying sober during the performance.