10 Questions For Judith Martin

Better known as Miss Manners, Martin has helped transform etiquette from the realm of society matrons to a tool for everyday life. In her new book, Star-Spangled Manners, she argues that American manners are an engine of equality. She talked to TIME's Richard Stengel, whom she hardly corrected at all.

SO DO PEOPLE GET NERVOUS AROUND YOU AND START MINDING THEIR P'S AND Q'S? I certainly hope so! [Laughs.] But, no, I don't go around in my Miss Manners capacity where I would scare people to death.

WHAT'S CHARACTERISTIC OF AMERICAN MANNERS--AND, BY THE WAY, ARE THEY GETTING ANY BETTER? A...

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