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Me, Myself and Junior: The Proper usage of junior and roman numerals in names

Q: What is the proper way to spell and punctuate ‘Junior’ after a name? We are naming our son after his father and I want to be sure I write ‘Junior’ correctly on his birth certificate. Also, when is someone a ‘Junior’ and when would he be the second?

A: A Junior is named after his father when no one else in the family but his father has that exact same name, first, middle and last.  If a child has a different middle name than his father, he is not a Junior. A child is II when named after a grandfather or uncle who had that exact same name, and is III when his father and he have the same name which is also the name of the father’s father, uncle or great uncle. Junior is preced by a comma. Roman numerals are not preced by a comma. And the abbreviation for Junior is Jr.

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The Art of ‘Please’: Episode #14

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Can saying “please” ever be bad?  Roughly 99 percent of the time, no.  But that one percent is on Lizzie’s and Dan’s mind in this episode.

ALSO MENTIONED:

  • Can you ask for gift cards/money for your wedding?  (Yes, w/a caveat.)
  • The photographer and your full mouth.
  • The friend who is always, always late.
  • Combining birthday/Christmas thank-yous for kids with birthdays near Dec. 25.
  • Table manners as determined by birth, location.
  • An etiquette salute to Vermont Public Radio’s Jane Lindholm.

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Proper Traveler: What to do when meeting Royalty

Q: Do Americans bow or curtsey when meeting European royalty? For example, would an American girl curtsey when presented to the Queen? My husband says ‘ Americans don’t bow or curtsey because we have no sovereign and not subjects of the British Crown.’ I say ‘follow the local customs when in a different country.’ Whose right?

A: You are right. You show respect for the title and position by acknowledging it as others do. Curtseying to the Queen of England doesn’t indicate sovereignty but rather respect.