ATTN: Readers of the SD Union-Tribune!

If you live in San Diego and read the U-T, keep on the lookout for a compelling letter to Miss Manners in the advice columns! It was just sent today, but it’s soooo good, I have a feeling all of SD will see it very soon.

Dear Miss Manners,

My college applications required teacher recommendations and it is common courtesy to give your recommending teachers a small gift as a token of appreciation. So I had the brilliant idea of giving my teachers a giftcard and a t-shirt from whichever college I end up committing to. However, the problem is, is that one of my teachers is rather heavy and would most likely wear a t-shirt sized XL or XXL. The gifts are a surprise so I cannot ask her for her t-shirt size, but I am worried that she’ll be offended that I bought her an XXL shirt. Another option would be to give her a generic item like a school pennant, but I definitely want to give my other two recommending teachers a t-shirt and I’m worried that she’ll think I gave her a less practical gift.

Is it impolite to guess someone’s size when buying a gift? Is it impolite to ask? What is the best way to ask if I must?

Thank you,


The writer of that letter is none other than yours truly. And as for the identity of the teacher, all I’m going to say is “neckbaby”.

This has been a question that’s been racking my mind for quite some time now and I can’t wait to hear what Miss Manners says!

Out of curiousity, what do you think, dear reader of Bosh? Leave a comment with your opinion.

Yours truly,

CollegeBound (who is obviously Josh since Elaine is too nubby to go to college)


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